The Lake Victoria North Water Services Board (LVNWSB), which owns and operates water and sewerage assets on behalf of the Kenya government, has announced its plan to invest about KES20bn ($230.5m) to provide drinkable water services and improve sewer systems.
LVNWSB is planning to execute several projects in phases over the next five years to improve the quality of water and sanitation services for more than seven million people.
Ministry of Water and Irrigation deputy director in charge of water services Gatere Kuria said that the initiative will run from 2013 to 2017.
The project will benefit the areas where the board operates, including Busia, Bungoma, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kakamega, Nandi, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, and Vihiga counties.
Lake Victoria North Water Services Board chairperson Beatrice Sabana said that the projects aim to improve access to clean water and sanitation services.
"Our strategic focus for the next five years will be to strengthen the institutional capacity of the board by delivering quality service," Sabana added.
LVNWSB has plans to set up ten new water supply schemes covering Vihiga County for a cost of KES11.1bn ($128m).
Water supplies will be improved in Chesumei-Yala, Cherengany, Greater Lessos, Kipkaren Dam, Mosongo-Tenden, Teldet Soio, Kamoi and Malava.
In addition, LVNWSB plans to invest KES4bn ($46.1m) to establish new sewerage facilities at Kimilili, Luanda, Nambale, Malaba, Moi's Bridge/Matunda, Mbale, Mosoinot, and Mumias.
The board will also carry out inspection and repair of dilapidated sewer systems in Webuye, Kapsabet, Kitale and Busia at a cost of KES1.2bn ($14m).
Image: Kenya has drafted a plan to improve access to drinkable water. Photo credit: Pemanducomm.