Water pipeline project to alleviate Kenya's water woes

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NAIROBI, Kenya, August 8, 2011 -- Kenyan state corporation Athi Water Services Board (AWSB) has contracted a Sh 1.5 billion (US$ 16.07 million) water and sewerage project to improve water and sanitation infrastructure across Nairobi.

The project aims to increase water production by 25% in the region and improve dams, water treatment plants and distribution infrastructure such as pipes. Two new transmission pipelines will be laid between Kwa Maiko and Gigiri and Gigiri and Kabete.

Known as the The Gigiri-Kwa Maiko water transmission pipeline, it is part of the "Nairobi Water and Sewerage Emergency Physical Investments Programme", which began in 2005 with the aim to increase the city's water production by 25%. Other parts of the programme include the recently completed rehabilitation of Sasumua Dam, installation of Sasumua-Thika and Ruiru Dams instruments.

To be implemented by AWSB, the project has attracted funding from the French Development Agency (AFD). David Stower, permanent secretary in the ministry of water, said that currently a master plan is being funded by the World Bank and the AFD, looking at Nairobi and Mombasa City.

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