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Sh7.5 billion water project to benefit Kisumu residents

Residents of Kisumu are set to benefit from Sh 7.5 billion water and sanitation project upon the conclusion of the ongoing public engagement process.

The extensive Kisumu western corridor water and sanitation initiative, valued at billions, is anticipated to substantially mitigate pollution and combat waterborne diseases.

Implemented by the Lake Victoria South Water Works Development Agency (LVSWWDA), this project receives joint funding from the French Development Agency (AFD), European Investment Bank (EIB), European Union (EU), and the Government of Kenya.

Focused on the western corridor of Kisumu city, particularly the underserved regions, the project’s site is set to be Korando area in Kisumu West subcounty, spanning approximately 4 hectares (10 acres) of land.

A collaborative effort between LVSWWDA, county government, and national government officials has been underway, conducting public consultations and technical assessments in preparation for the construction phase.

According to LVSWWDA senior sanitation manager Eng. Daniel Oronje, this water and sewerage expansion endeavor aims to address longstanding water and sanitation challenges in Kisumu. The project envisions extending the water supply pipeline by 155km to serve rapidly developing satellite towns like Maseno, Otonglo, Kisan, Kisat, and Kiboswa, catering to over 120,000 individuals.

Additionally, a new sewerage treatment plant worth Sh 800 million is earmarked for construction at Otonglo to manage 8,000m3 of wastewater daily.

Upon completion, the project is expected to elevate Kisumu’s water supply from 66% to 90% coverage, while sewerage coverage is set to rise from 16% to 40%.

Further aspects of the project include rehabilitation and extension of water and sewer networks within Kisumu city, amounting to Sh 1.2 billion. Additionally, the Dunga water intake and water treatment plant will undergo rehabilitation at a cost of Sh 1 billion.

Moreover, investments are allocated for various aspects such as extension of water and sewer networks for the western corridor, project management, reduction of non-revenue water, and sanitation facilities construction in satellite towns, amounting to significant financial commitments.

The project’s impact extends beyond infrastructure development; it aims to ensure sustainable access to water and sanitation services while also addressing environmental concerns, including pollution reduction and ecosystem preservation.

During a public participation meeting in Kisumu West subcounty, stakeholders voiced their support for the project, emphasizing the importance of community involvement and environmental protection.

As the project progresses, comprehensive environmental impact assessments and compensation plans will be conducted to ensure the well-being of affected communities and safeguard environmental resources.

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