Kericho town and its environs will no longer face Water and Sanitation challenges as Lake Victoria South Water Services Board, through funding by the Government of Kenya and the KFW under the Water Sector Development Program, finally signed a contract with the M/s Nanchang Foreign Engineering Co. (K) Ltd & M/s Jiangxi Jingtai Water Conservancy & Electric Power Construction JV for expansion of Water Supply and Sanitation Systems for Kericho town.
The project which will cost Kshs. KShs. 1,189,805,385.07, will increase capacity of the existing water Treatment Plants from the current 12,800 m3/day (combined capacity of Timbilil – 8,800 & Kimungu 4000) to 25,8000m3/day targets to provide sufficient, hygiene, economically viable and affordable water and Sanitation Services to a population of 190,000 people in Kericho town. Non-Revenue Water (NRW) is expected to reduce from 50-65% to 30%, collection efficiency by the Water Company (KEWASCO) to increase up to 90%, and finally attain 100% Operation and Maintenance Cost recovery within 1 year of completion.
The scope of works for the project includes; Construction of Intake Works at River Kimugu
Raw water Gravity Main of 7.7km DN 600mm, New Kimugu Water Treatment Works of capacity 13,000 m3/day, Treated water Gravity main from Kimugu T/Works to the existing tea hotel tanks, DN 600mm and length 2.8 km, Distribution Mains approximately 50 km ranging in diameter from DN 80mm to DN 300mm and a storage tanks of total capacity of 6,000 M3.
The massive project commences on 23rd April 2019 and is expected to be completed by 22nd April 2021.
The reality of this project has been made possible through the support of the County Government of Kericho through the National Land Commission acquired approximately 10 acres of land for the proposed water supply treatment plant at at Duka Moja adjacent to Kericho – Nairobi Highway.
The Governor of Kericho Prof. Paul Chepkwony in the middle, the Deputy Governor Madam Susan Kikwai Left and The CEO LVSWSB, Eng. Petronilla Ogut at the Governor's Office during introduction of the Contractor prior to site handover.
The Governor addressing the press during site handover at the proposed site for the new treatment plant at Duka Moja along the Kericho – Nairobi Highway