A water project by the National Government in partnership with the German Government is underway in Ongata Rongai town.
The contractor is on site overseeing the digging of tunnels and installation of pipes at the project site.
The project is expected to boost water supply in Ongata Rongai with an additional supply of five million litres per day.
There have been complaints from residents over water shortages in Ongata Rongai, citing failure of the government in its mandate to provide clean water.
Mercy Atieno, an Ongata Rongai resident, lauded the initiative by the National Government to increase water supply in the area.
“Ongata Rongai residents have really suffered with frequent water shortages. I have gone for up to a month with dry taps in my house. During water shortages, I purchase a 20 litre jerrycan for between Sh20 to Sh40. I hope this project will bring an end to the water crisis,” she said.
The project aims at expanding the water supply in Ongata Rongai area, which has in the recent past been plagued by severe water shortages brought about by frequent interruption of the water supply by the main service provider Oloolaiser Water and Sewerage Company.
Hundreds of residents including schools and businesses have been grappling with water shortages because of the unreliable and inconsistent water supply.
Unscrupulous vendors in Ongata Rongai have been taking advantage of the situation and selling water at exorbitant prices.
The water project that is expected to be completed in June 2022 will benefit at least 8,000 Ongata Rongai residents.