Thousands of residents of Kirinyaga are rejoicing after 29 water projects were completed in the last financial year.
The projects involved installation of water pipes and fittings, drilling and equipping of boreholes, construction of intakes and procurement of tanks for distribution among residents.
Governor Anne Waiguru said the projects were in line with her vision of ensuring access to clean water by all households.
In Kirinyaga Central, Giakairegi, Kathaka and Kinyako water projects, and Kirima and Kiamuthambi boreholes have been completed.
In Mwea, those completed include Kithiriti-Musangondi, Kiandegwa, Togonye, Kitheru, Rurii and Kiorugari. The projects will ensure a steady supply of water for irrigation and domestic use.
Another is Riagicheru, which serves 3,000 residents with domestic and irrigation water.
In Ndia, the county government completed Mukui, Sagana and Mung’etho water projects and Kiburu and Kamoro boreholes.
In Gichugu, Ngariama-Njukiini and Kiagikiki projects are among those completed.
Judy Wanjiku, a beneficiary of Kiburu borehole, said the project has brought great relief, especially to women who have had to travel long distances in search of water for domestic use.
In previous years, Waiguru’s administration completed 27 water projects benefiting more than 30,000 residents in the county.
The projects include Mwea-Makima, which serves 5,639 households in Wang’uru and its environs.
Availability of clean water in Mwea has led to reduction of waterborne diseases in the area.
Governor Waiguru said the county targets to connect 80 per cent of all households in the county with piped water by next year.