Kisii county, just like many counties is grappling with water shortage, its residents now have a reason to smile following this multi-million investment.
An Austrian bank, Unicredit Bank of Austria has committed Sh 800 million towards a water project which will pump out one million cubic metres of water each day to serve residents in Bomachoge Borabu and South Mugirango constituencies and its environs.
The project which was initiated by the Kisii County Government will be facilitated by the National Treasury and the Ministry of Water,Environment and Natural Resources.
The project entails the provision of water and sanitation and a major treatment facility. It will include water kiosks, which will serve homesteads, schools, markets and other public institutions.
Kisii Governor lauded the bank for committing to the project which is expected to reduce the water crisis in the region.
“I am happy to announce that the project has been approved. It covers a 40km radius from Mokubo area meaning that it will serve the entire Bomachoge Borabu, Ogembo and parts of Etago and Bobasi.
“The project is a major boost to the county’s water projects, including boreholes,” the governor said.
An official from the Water, Environment and Natural Resource, Skitter Ocharo said that the regional contracting authority, the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency was ready to start the project in October.
Kimani Rebo, a representative of MUT Austria Company, said the firm is planning to undertake more similar projects in the same county.
Meanwhile, the government has begun drilling eight boreholes worth Sh64 million in Masaba South to address water shortage in the region.
“Already, three boreholes have been sunk in the last two months alone. The rest will be completed in the coming months,” Area MP Ezekiel Machogu said.
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