Mavoko Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project which is being developed in Athi River, Machakos County of Kenya, is back on track after the “resolution of sticky issues” according to the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU).
The project had come to a standstill by the end of last year due to some challenges including clearance delays experienced at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the failure by Kenya Power Company to connect electricity supply to different units of the project, among them the treatment plant, and pump houses.
The Mavoko Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project which is being developed by Tanathi Water Works Development Agency, a subsidiary of Tanathi Water Services Board is contracted to Aspac International with H.P Gauff Ingenieure as the consultants.
Its scope of works includes installation of an independent line from Nairobi Water Company to supply 5,000m3 /day, the rehabilitation of Nol-Turesh line and tanks to supply 1,000m3/day, the rehabilitation and de-silting of KMC (8,000m3/day) and EAPC dam (3,000m3/day), construction of a new Mavoko water treatment plant of 12,000m3 /day capacity, construction of new pipeline works of over 70km including rehabilitation of the reticulation system, construction of 2No. 2,500M3 Water storage tanks and 1No. 5,000M3 tank at KCAA grounds.
The project is funded jointly by the national government of Kenya and its Belgium counterpart to a tune of close to US$ 25.5m.
Completion of the project
The Mavoko Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Project was implementation begun in 2018 with an initial completion date of August 2020, which was later pushed to May 2021.
Upon completion, the massive water project is expected to provide an estimated population of half a million residents within Athi river, Daystar, Syokimau, Kyumbi, and all the outlying areas of Mavoko Sub-county of Machakos County with clean drinking water.