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Water CS Wahome launches multimillion projects in Embu for attaining food security

The Ministry of Water through the Tana Water Works is implementing water and sewerage projects worth KSh8 billion in order to address the challenges Embu locals are facing.
Water, Sanitation and Irrigation CS Alice Wahome (in blue dress) together with Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire and Mbeere North MP Geoffrey Kiringa Ruku when they opened a borehole at Siakago Girls' secondary school on July 19,2023. MWINGI TIMES|Brian Musyoka

While speaking during the launch of some projects that have already  been implemented in Embu County, Water Sanitation and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Alice Wahome said the projects being implemented include dams, boreholes and sanitation projects among others.

The CS said that so far several schools including Itabua secondary school and Siakago girls' have already benefited with the projects.

The expansion of water supply and the sewage aims to reach all the people with the increased population in the county.

The Water CS said the government was committed to also supply locals with irrigation water stating that Kamumu Dam which is set to be constructed in Mbeere North is at an advanced stage and its works will start soon.

She asserted that many parts of Embu County have fertile soils that can support agriculture and that with irrigation water they will be key in achieving food stability.

“We are also looking forward to improving the water coverage, we are looking for both short and long term solutions and provide water for irrigation,” he said.

The CS stated that the Tana Water Works Development Agency together with leaders in the county will develop a strategy on how all the projects will be implemented.
According to the Agency, Embu has 20 completed projects worth KSh322 million with 16 remaining valued at KSh38 million.

Embu governor Cecily Mbarire lauded the Water ministry over the effort to have three mega dams done in Embu. She said that Kamumu dam that is at the advanced stage of implementation will address perennial water challenges in Mbeere North.

Mbarire noted that her county officers will work closely with Tana Water Works Development Agency to come up with a good water master plan so that the proposed water projects can be implemented with ease.

Mbeere North Member of Parliament Geoffrey Ruku stated that the locals in his constituency have for long suffered due to lack of water saying there was a ray of hope with the water projects that were being implemented .


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