Ruto’s administration launches a plan for 10,000 projects (“water 10,000 program”) across the country to solve the water menace.
The government has embarked on an ambitious plan that seeks to deliver on its agenda of clean, safe, and adequate water for all Kenyans.
The Ministry intends to carry out numerous water projects nationwide during the short, medium, and long terms under the “water 10,000 program.”
“The program focuses on projects which require minimal cost but have high impact and a quick turnaround,” said Water principal secretary Paul Ronoh.
The specific projects to be carried out include the building of springs, water pans, tiny dams, and boreholes.
Desilting of the existing pans and dams as well as solarization for sustainability are the other strategies to be employed by various agencies in respective counties.
Ronoh made the remarks when he opened a two-day workshop in Nairobi on Friday bringing together CEOs from all the nine waterworks agencies, regulators, and heads of department from the Ministry of water, sanitation, and irrigation.
During the meeting, a master list of all water programs and initiatives to be undertaken is set to be developed.
Water secretary Eng. Samuel Alima observed that the projects would cost billion considering some agencies had laid on up to 600 projects in their action plans.
He noted that under a short term which is within the next three months, they are planning to construct small dams and boreholes while during the extended period, 100 large dams will be put up across the country to help address the water problem once and for all.
This comes as a result of a sector working group meeting with the President early this week as they sought to align the ministry’s priorities in line with the Kenya Kwanza manifesto.