In Nairobi, significant progress has been reported on various water and sewerage projects aimed at improving access to clean water and efficient sanitation for residents. Spearheaded by the Athi Water Works Development Agency, these initiatives are crucial steps towards addressing the growing demand for water and sanitation services in the region.

One major project, the Ndakaini-Kigoro water pipeline to Gigiri tanks water transmission pipeline, is currently at 93 percent completion. Funded by the French Development Agency with a budget of Sh8.049 billion, it is expected to benefit over 1.2 million people upon its expected completion by June 2024. This project will add 140,000 cubic meters of water per day to Nairobi’s supply, supplementing the existing sources from Sasumua dam, Ruiru dam, and Ng’ethu-Ndakaini dam systems. The construction, undertaken by China State, spans across Nairobi, Kiambu, and Kajiado counties and involves laying 55 kilometers of raw and treated water pipelines.

During a recent meeting chaired by Nairobi Regional Commissioner Katee Mwanza, Engineer Alphaxard Kitheko provided updates on several other projects. He highlighted the completion and operation of the 11.8-kilometer Northern collector tunnel, funded by the World Bank at Sh9.2 billion. This tunnel is expected to deliver an additional 140,000 cubic meters of water per day, serving another 1.2 million people. The primary goal of this project is to bolster healthcare, housing, settlement, and support the economy, particularly Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Eng. Kitheko also discussed ongoing expansion works at the Dandora Estate Sewage Treatment Plant in Ruai. Funded by the government at a cost of Sh997 million, these works aim to expand seven wastewater treatment ponds and increase treatment capacity by 20,000 cubic meters per day. Despite reaching 95 percent completion, vandalism of the treatment plant wall remains a significant challenge to the project’s success.

Additionally, the Athi Water Works Development Agency is engaged in other endeavors, such as the construction of water and sanitation facilities in Nairobi’s informal settlements. Supported by the African Development Bank, these initiatives include the construction of ablution blocks and simplified sewers to facilitate at least 700 last-mile household connections in various sub-counties. Moreover, the bank is financing sewerage improvement projects in Kahawa West, Githurai, Kahawa Sukari, and Kasarani-Mwiki, targeting 110,000 beneficiaries.

Regional Commissioner Mwanza emphasized the importance of timely reporting on government-funded projects and programs to facilitate effective monitoring and evaluation. He urged collaboration among relevant authorities, including the Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, and Kenya Rural Roads Authority, to ensure seamless execution of projects across the region.