Govt launches Sh50bn project to supply 13,000 schools with safe water

August 15, 2016 2:58 pm
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The pilot of the ambitious project has already been launched in the three North Eastern counties where 50 schools are targeted/FILE
The pilot of the ambitious project has already been launched in the three North Eastern counties where 50 schools are targeted/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – The Government has started an ambitious project to ensure all schools in the country are connected with safe water supplies.

Only 9,000 out of more than 22,000 schools in the country have water supplies.

The project comes hot on the heels of the Nationals Schools Electrification Project, which has now achieved its target, to connect all schools with electricity.

The pilot of the ambitious project has already been launched in the three North Eastern counties where 50 schools are targeted.

The Government has set aside Sh1 billion to kick start the project, which is estimated to cost Sh50 billion nationwide.

The first school to be covered in North Eastern was Wajir Girls Secondary School where the project was commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in May when he visited Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties.

Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa revealed the details of the ambitious project when he spoke at the State House Agriculture Summit Monday.

The CS said the Government’s policy is to increase the number of Kenyans with access to clean water supplies by 10 million within the next three years.

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