The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has received 45 billion Kenyan shillings in grant from African Development Bank (ADB) that will be utilized to increase water coverage from 60 percent to 80 percent in Nairobi city.

Water and Sanitation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui said the grant will go towards supplying more water to Nairobi residents who don’t have access to the commodity.

Speaking on Wednesday, Chelugui said that the project will produce additional 140,000 cubic metres which will benefit 1.3 million Kenyans and create at-least 150,000 jobs for wananchi.

Chelugui said that the Government has also affirmed its commitment to complete the Murang’a Northern Tunnel Water Project by December 2019 in order to improve the lives of city residents in Nairobi County in line with achieving vision 2030.

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“The project located in Murang’a which will be completed by December 2019 will produce enough water to the city and at least 1.3 Million residents in Nairobi will benefit from its clean and safe water,” said Chelugui.

The CS said that it is the responsibility of the National government to comply with the constitutional mandate of consumer protection and sustainable development urging the county governments to embrace sanitation activities.


“The regulation of Water and Sanitation is at two levels, Water resource Management which is under the National government and Water and Sanitation Provision which is under the County government, both need to protect the rights and interests of consumers,” said the CS.

Chelugui said that the government targets to increase water to 100 percent by 2030 and his Ministry were working hard to increase water coverage in towns that are facing water challenges.

“We are going to construct 17 -19 town water services in Marsabit, Mandera, and Machakos among others,” said Chelugui.

He added that frequent conflicts between his Ministry and the County of government of Murang’a have made the World Bank to withdraw from investing in Water projects in Murang’a.

“Due to wrangles , the world bank has withdrawn Sh130 million facility that was meant to support MUWASCO expand water infrastructure to the lower parts of Murang’a  losing revenue,’’ he said.

The CS accused the Murang’a County government of sabotaging the efforts made by the National government in Management of water resources.