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Japan Water Loan to Ease Shortage in Narok

August 5, 2014

Kiplang'at Kirui

THE perennial water experienced in Narok town will be a thing of the past following the launch of a construction of a multi-billion water project that aims to expand water supply in town funded by the Japan International Corporation (JICA).

During a ground breaking ceremony officiated by Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday , the Japanese government will fund the expansion of water supply at a cost of sh1.5 Billion being a loan from the Japanese Government.

Japan government chief representative Hedeo Eguchi, who was accompanied by the Japanese envoy to Kenya Tatsushi Terada, said the expansion process will see the town receive between 4 Million cubic meters annually of water to immensely reduce the current deficit in water supply of about 2,000 cubic meters of water per day.

The ground breaking which is the second face of the project after laying off of pipes will see 150,000 more people get running water in Narok town and its environs in their taps once completed.

The project runs up to 2020 and the construction will be done in phases.

Narok governor Samuel Tunai said Narok sewerage and water company currently supplies only 4,000 cubic meters of water to the residents against the town's demand of 6,000 cubic meters per day leaving the water starved residents at the mercy of water vendors (Buzzers) who exploit them.

He said plans were underway to also get a donor to fund the construction of the sewer system in the town which currently depends on manholes and septic tanks.

"I would also wish the government of Japan assist us in construction of a sewerage system in the town as my government cement the development relationship with Japan," said Mr Tunai.

He also says putting up a sewer system in the town would cost an additional Sh15 billion of which the county government cannot raise at ago. "Not unless we get a donor who can fund the program it may be impossible to put up the sewer system for now," said Mr Tunai.

For now, the residents of Narok have been left at the mercy of water vendors (Boozers) who exploit them and sometimes supply them with water that is not fit for human consumption leading to the increase of water borne diseases in the county.

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Source: AllAfrica

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