In the afternoon, Deputy Governor H.E David Kones, together with members of the National Assembly Committee on Water, Blue Economy, Sanitation, and Irrigation, and the Central Rift Water Works Development Agency Board, conducted a site visit to the Itare dam project in Kuresoi North. The visit aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the ambitious project.
The team, led by Mr. Douglas Mulei, CEO of the Water Agency, offered an in-depth overview of the 28 billion mega project. The Itare dam project, initially undertaken by the Italian firm CMC Di Ravenna, faced challenges but is now set to resume. It holds the potential to significantly impact water provision in Nakuru County.
At the time of the halt, the project was 11 per cent complete in terms of civil works and 27 per cent complete overall. The National Assembly Committee informed the Deputy Governor that the project is expected to recommence in the next three to four months. This followed the contractor’s decision to return to the site, with intervention from President William Ruto.
Upon completion, the Itare dam will have the capacity to store 27 million cubic meters of water and produce 100,000 cubic meters of water daily, benefitting residents in Kuresoi North and South, Molo, Njoro Sub-counties, Nakuru City, and its surrounding areas.
The Deputy Governor was accompanied by CECM for Agriculture, Leonard Bor, as well as Chief Officers, including Engineer Margaret Wanjiru (Water) and Martin Kagai (Office of the Governor), among other county officials.