The Kitui government has spent Sh576.5 million on water projects, Governor Julius Malombe has said.
Speaking on Tuesday at Ithookwe Showground during Mashujaa Day celebrations, he said the county will spend another Sh616 million on water projects this financial year.
Malombe said the money will supplement funds from the national government, Unicef, Italian Development Cooperation, Netherland’s SNV and NGOs.
He said the projects aim to reduce the time residents spend looking for water to a maximum of 45 minutes by December next year.
Two drilling rigs bought for Sh96 million have sank 39 boreholes while 44 boreholes and 45 community water schemes have been rehabilitated at a cost of Sh38.2 million.
Malombe said 103km of pipeline has been extended at a cost of Sh153 million.
The governor said modern equipment for exploring groundwater and conducting physical surveys have been bought at a cost of Sh7.7 million to ensure residents get clean and safe water.
He said 26 earth dams have been put up at a cost of Sh64.8 million for 57,400 residents and 12,100 animals.
This financial year, the county plans to sink 50 boreholes, construct 40 earth dams and 30 pipeline extensions.
Source: THE Star