KENYA: Mavoko drinking water system finally comes on stream after five years

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KENYA: Mavoko drinking water system finally comes on stream after five years ©Kenyan Ministry of Water

The President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto is commissioning the Mavoko drinking water supply system in Machakos district. The project, which has been ongoing since 2018, is boosting service to about 500,000 people in Mavoko, 63km south-east of Nairobi and surrounding towns.

Drinking water supply is now stable in Mavoko.  The water system in the town, located in the Machakos district of Kenya, became operational on 14 April 2023, after five years of interrupted work. It was inaugurated by the Kenyan President, William Ruto.

Belgian company Aspac International carried out the work under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract signed in November 2017 with the Tanathi Water Works Development Agency (TAWWDA), which developed the project.

The supply of drinking water to 500,000 people

In Mavoko town, Aspac International rehabilitated the KMC and EAPCC dams, with capacities of 900,000 m3 and 1.2 million m3 respectively.

At the KMC dam site, the work mainly involved a reinforced concrete pumping station, complete foundations and walls, water retention columns, roof slab and pump installation. At the EAPCC dam site, Aspac International carried out the complete installation of the pipelines, including bends, thrust blocks, washouts, air valves, roads and crossings, as well as pressure testing and chambers.

The drinking water project also included the construction of a new water treatment plant in Mavoko town (12,000 m3), the rehabilitation of the Salama pumping station and the Nol-Turesh pipeline (pumps, panels, valves and fittings) to supply 1,000 m3 per day, the repair of three existing pumps at the Salama pumping station, as well as the rehabilitation of the Nairobi Water Company’s Independent Line to supply 5,000 m3 per day.

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As part of its contract, Aspac International also rehabilitated the Lukenya and Kiima Kiu reservoirs, with a total capacity of 3,000m3 ; as well as a 300m3 reservoir, 15m high. Drinking water is supplied to the population via 70 km of pipes. A power line has been deployed to supply the various facilities.

Approximately 500,000 people benefit from drinking water in Mavoko and in the areas of Mlolongo, Athiriver, EPZA zone, Syokimau, Kinanie, Katani and Lukenya thanks to this project. The work was co-financed by the Kenyan government and Belgium to the tune of 2.7 billion Kenyan shillings, or nearly $20 million.

Inès Magoum


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