Launch of Kaanwa Water Treatment Plant-Tharaka Nithi
Residents of Kaanwa village in Tharaka Nithi County were on Thursday 7th February 2019 filled with joy and celebrations after a water treatment plant was officially commissioned in Kaanwa, Igambang’ombe constituency.
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) designed and installed a 10,000 litres per hour capacity water treatment plant that targets to supply safe water for human consumption to at least 3000 people in the Kaanwa centre and its surroundings.
Speaking during the official opening of the treatment plant, Cabinet Secretary for Water and Sanitation, Simon Chelegui, commended the strong partnership between the KRCS and county governments particularly Tharaka Nithi saying it has really benefited the common Mwananchi on the ground.
“About three months ago, I was here in this county, where we launched Kajuki water treatment plant. Today, I come back here to launch another water project. I am delighted to do this and I really want to congratulate the Governor and Kenya Red Cross for working tirelessly in ensuring that our people have access to clean and safe water for consumption,” chelegui said
Mr. Chelegui further urged the two institutions to continue with the good work and also committed to working closely with the county government in ensuring that every Kenyan has access to safe water. He also said that the National Government had committed over Ksh700 million to water projects across Tharaka Nithi County.
Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki also appreciated the KRCS for the great partnership and said that his government had already signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya Red Cross, which will guide implementation of more projects for the people of Tharaka Nithi.
“Our partnership with Kenya Red Cross has continued to prosper in many ways, and this water project is evidence that there is more to come. We have had outbreak of diseases in Kaanwa before because of poor hygiene and sanitation, but now that we have clean and safe water, Kaanwa residents will be safe, ” Governor Njuki said.
“I urge each and everyone here today to take the issue of hygiene seriously, we no longer want to hear cases of disease outbreaks like cholera and typhoid as we now have access to clean water, let’s practice proper hygiene and sanitation,” The Governor added.
KRCS Secretary General Dr Abbas Gullet, who was also present, thanked the County Government for allowing the good partnership and said KRCS will continue to work with counties and transform the lives of Kenyans.
“We have had different projects in this county from agriculture, health and social services, water and sanitation and we are committed to initiating more projects given the support. We not only want to be known for disaster response but also on development projects across the country. Our core business is to alleviate human suffering and safe lives but we want to focus on having more long term projects as we deliver on our mandate,” Dr Abbas added
Rolena Kainyu Kithaka, a mother of two and a resident of Kaanwa centre said that the water project is a life changing moment for them as they will no longer have to go to the river to get water that is contaminated and unsafe for consumption.
“We are very happy that we have water so close to us now, the water is very clean and it’s very cheap as it costs only Ksh 2 for a Jerrican. I am sure even business in this Kaanwa market will blossom as we have access to water now especially the hotel business that had been closed before,” she said.
The Kenya Red Cross Society through the WASH department undertook two community water projects in Tharaka Nithi county targeting communities in Kaanwa and Kajuki. KRCS has invested a total of KES 17,447,217 in direct project costs for this two sites with Kaanwa getting KES 7,680,890 and Kajuki KES 9,766,327 in direct infrastructure costs.