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Naivasha: Multi-million plan to provide fluoride free water

Source: Standard Digital News | November 17th, 2013
Location: Kenya

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has announced a multi-million shillings plan to supply Naivasha town with fluoride free water.

Kinuthia said that plans were on the way to tap part of the water supplied to Baringo from Konoike in Gilgil and pump it to Naivasha.

The governor noted that it was sad that some other counties were benefiting from the resource yet some residents of Nakuru were going without water.

Speaking in Naivasha, Kinuthia said that once complete the perennial water problem in Naivasha and its suburbs would be a thing of the past.

“Plans are underway to tap some of the water supplied from Konoike to Naivasha starting next year,” said the governor.

For years Naivasha residents have suffered from high levels of fluoride which have affected  the teeth and bones of young ones.

In the 80s, former President Moi’s government tapped water from Konoike pumping it to Nakuru and Baringo to the anger of Naivasha residents.

“There are plans to build a dam in Baringo and this will give room for the water supplied there to be diverted to Naivasha,” said the governor.

Kinuthia retaliated that the county was still seeking an industrial park in Naivasha where serious investors could be allocated land for construction of factories.

“We have already repossessed Naivasha stadium which was recently grabbed and we plan to turn it into a modern sports center,” he said.

At the same time, water supply to Gilgil town has resumed four days after it was disconnected following a dispute over payment.

The crisis followed a dispute between the management of Nakuru Rural Water Services Company (NARUWASCO) and water users from Turasha River.

According to a source, the management boards of the two bodies had failed to agree on some issues including debts.

Gilgil DC Kamau Karung’o said that the impasse had been resolved and water supply to the town had been reinstated.

Speaking on phone, Kamau said that water supply was back to normal following a meeting between various stakeholders.

“There was a little problem on water supply but this has been sorted out and the supply is back to normal,” he said.

Title of article: Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua announces multi-million plan to provide flouride free water