The Kenyan Government together with the German Government has financed the Nairobi Satellite Towns Water and Sanitation Development Programme (NST-WSDP) to support the satellite towns that face large water supply deficits with chronic water shortages, water rationing, high prices paid to water vendors, time spent queuing for water and incidence of water borne diseases.

A feasibility study identified and assessed 68 project proposals in the satellite towns of Nairobi. Out of these, 25 of the projects that build on existing investments were prioritized for development and two of these projects have been selected for financing during the first project phase. These are Ruiru– Juja Water Supply Project and Kiserian– Ongata Rongai Water Supply Project

Athi Water Services Board (AWSB), the Project Executing Agency (PEA) on behalf of the Government of Kenya, is undertaking these projects. The objective of these projects is to provide sustainable access to potable water supply and sanitation services in urban and peri-urban areas in the satellite towns around Nairobi.

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According to the projected information, the water demand in the project area in 2019 will be 18,562 m3/day which will increase to 20,130 m3/day by 2020. The decision to implement the Ruiru– Juja Water Supply Project is a measure to meet the demand.

The proposed Project is located in Ruiru and Juja which are Nairobi satellite towns and the Project construction is expected to take at least 18 months.

The Nairobi Satellite Towns Water and Sanitation Development Programme (NST-WSDP) will be funded by a loan from KfW and the Government of Kenya (GoK) at a cost of 30.8 million Euros or KES 3.6 billion for phase one.

The project will construct a new distribution system in the Greater Githurai area, comprising the sub-locations of Kiuu, Mwiki, Kahawa Wendani, Kahawa Sukari, Mwihoko A and Mwihoko B.

The Ruiru – Juja Water Supply Project aims at improving the supply of potable water in the Githurai area from the Jacaranda water abstraction point. Based on the scenarios analysed as presented in detail in Section 2.3 of this report, an increase in water abstraction of 15,000 m3/day from the currently permitted 13,000m3/day to give a total of 28,000m3/day is proposed.

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