Water treatment plant for Kenya’s lake town restored

Posted on December 9, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Water treatment plant for Kenya’s lake town restored
Ngigi Kamau

Kisumu city located in Western Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria is set to enjoy a steady water supply once a Government of Kenya (GOK) and Agence Francaice for Development (AFD) funded water treatment plant is finally completed later this month.
AFD pledged a KShs. 1.7 Billion soft loan to improve water supply and sanitation services in Kisumu City under the Kisumu Water Supply Emergency Works component. The 24,000m3 per day water treatment plant in Dunga – a fishing port in Kisumu is projected to add to the current capacity of 22,000m3 per day with the aim of meeting the demand shortfall.
The works have been ongoing for the last two years, and include the expansion of the existing treatment plant and putting up of a concurrent full treatment system to serve the whole of Kisumu town.
A 2008 study by Lake Victoria South Water Services Board reports that Kisumu’s water supply facilities had a design capacity of 22,700 m3/ day, but were operating at a capacity of only 18,700 m3/day, with Kajulu supplying 1,700 m3/day and the Dunga Water Treatment Plant producing 17,000 m3/day
The study estimated that water demand in 2007 was 47,700 m3/day, leaving Kisumu with a supply deficit for that year of over 29,000 m3/day
At an interview with Lake Victoria South Water Services Board’s Chief Executive Officer Engineer Michael Ochieng says that water works at the Dunga Treatment Plant which is the biggest and the main water treatment facility got extra attention to meet the existing water demand as soon as possible.
According to Eng Ochieng Kisumu Water Supply Emergency Works Project in the Dunga treatment plant covered the construction of 24,000m3/day water treatment plant to add to the current capacity of 22,000m3/day with the aim of meeting the demand shortfall.
Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company Limited Engineer David Onyango noted that when complete, the new treatment facility will see water supply to over half a million residents of the lake side city doubled to about 46,000m3.
Onyango says the Dunga Treatment Plant and that located in Kajulu supply about 21,000m3 per day against a demand of about 46,000m3, Dunga Treatment Plant which was built in 1922 has a capacity of 20,000m3 while that of Kajulu has 1300m3.
Eng. Ochieng says that other plans to improve the water supply situation in Kisumu town will be concluded in two phase’s i.e. the Short Term Action Plan (STAP) and the Long Term Action Plan (LTAP).
Through the short term phase (which has since been completed and was commissioned two years ago, 17th June 2008) an estimated 80,000 households was served.
The project covered rehabilitation of intake works, pumps, construction of new rising main and sewerage works. He says that through the Second Phase LTAP, the Board will be able to meet water demands of the town up to 2030.
These works will include the construction of 48,000m3/day water supply at Kajulu through gravitation, water storage tanks, transmission and distribution pipelines, additional Sewerage plant with a capacity of 28,000m3/day and sewer network to meet population requirements up to 2030.


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and its bloody well about time…Nairobi je?

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