Government vows to continue with construction of NWCTP

The government has vowed to continue with the construction of Northern Water Collector Tunnel Project Phase 1 (NWTCP) despite claims made by opposition leader Raila Odinga regarding the environmental effects of the project.

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa says the Masterplan was officially launched by the former Prime Minister and took all the required environmental precautionary measures.

Addressing to the issue raised by former premier regarding the environmental effect of the project, the CS said the project would address the shortage of water the city is currently experiencing.

“The water supply master plan addresses the short, medium and long-term development needs for the City and Satellite towns, and further defines a priority strategy to meet the 2017 water demand,” said CS Wamalwa.

“The key considerations in developing the Masterplan include analysis of water balance considering the downstream users, environmental flows, projected future use for downstream communities based on historical river flows and water resources available,” he explained.

He said the claims by Odinga that the project did not involve public participation are meant to disrupt the whole project confirming that since August 2011 to present, several public participation forums have been held in both Muranga and Nairobi.

“The project has been debated in the Muranga County Assembly and endorsed for implementation. Athi Water carried out and has to date continued with stakeholder’s consultation and public engagement,” he said.

Wamalwa further ascertained that adequate ecological studies have been undertaken confirming that the environmental flows will be enough to sustain aquatic life in the project habitat.

He assured Murang’a residents, downstream Counties and users that the detailed design for the Northern Collector Water Tunnel Project, has considered all findings of the hydrological and ecological studies to ensure that the project shall neither result in low river flows nor divert water during low river flow seasons.

“The Water Master Plan is part of a development blue print that does not only promise to meet the water needs of the residents of Nairobi but also goes towards the realization of Kenya’s vision 2030 objective of being a middle income economy that guarantees its citizen a quality of life in a secure environment,” he said.

A recent survey confirms that currently, Nairobi has over 4 million people with a projection of around 10 million by 2030 whilst the water demand is forecast to reach 720,000 cubic metres per day by 2020 against the current supply of 540,000 cubic metres, signifying a deficit of 180,000 cubic metre per day.

To address the deficit, the situation requires that new water sources be developed to meet demand.

 

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