Nairobi city will receive an additional 240 million liters of water daily once the construction of the Northern Water Tunnel from Muranga and Karimeni 2 and Ruiru 2 dams are completed. Eugene Wamalwa, the Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary, says currently Nairobi receive 520 million liters of water daily against the required 750 million liters.
According to Wamalwa, the Northern Water Tunnel from Muranga that is near completion is expected to increase the Nairobi water supply by 140 million liters. He says Karimeni 2 and Ruiru 2 dams that are also under construction will supply an additional 100 million liters to Nairobi.
Similar plans are on to make Mombasa, Kisumu and Nakuru water sufficient. According to Wamalwa, Kisumu is expected to become the first water sufficient city after the completion of the Kisumu water supply project. The plan to increase water supply to the four big towns is part of the government’s initiative to triple the country’s water storage and increase the national water coverage from 60 percent to 80 percent by 2020.
Mwache Dam and the Mzima Springs 2 water pipeline projects will boost water supply to Mombasa while Itare dam is expected to boast supply to Nakuru. Government is constructing 60 mega dams spread over all regions of the country.
Government is expected to sign the contract for the construction of Thwake dam, which is expected to water supply to most parts of Ukambani counties.