NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Residents of semi-arid Kajiado County located
south-west of Kenyan capital city Nairobi are the latest
beneficiaries of a water project launched on Thursday by China
Communications Construction Company (CCCC) that is implementing
Phase 2A of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project linking
Nairobi to the resort town of Naivasha.
Elected leaders from
Kajiado county and representatives from the CCCC attended the
ground breaking ceremony for the Kimuka Community Water Aid
Project stemming from the adjacent 4.5-kilometer long SGR
Guo Qing, Deputy
General Manager of the CCCC Kenya SGR Project, said a
partnership with Kajiado county government has paved way for
construction of a water project that will boost access to the
commodity among households.
The contractor was
proud to be part of the development of this particular water
project that will enable about 5,000 people in Kimuka area and
the larger Kajiado County to access clean water, according to
He said that the
CCCC will construct two tanks with a capacity of storing 1,600
cubic meters of water that will later be supplied to local
households in the semi-arid region where pastoralism is the main
Guo said that the
CCCC has been on the frontline of offering solution to water
supply challenges in Kajiado and other semi-arid counties along
the SGR corridor as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility
Joseph Ole Lenku,
the Governor of Kajiado County, hailed the launch of a project
that will help address acute water scarcity and transform
livelihoods of local farmers and pastoralists.
“We are glad to
witness launch of a project that will be critical in addressing
water scarcity in Kajiado County. It will help meet rising water
demand in our fast growing urban centers,” said Ole Lenku.
about 35 percent of households in the expansive Kajiado County
have access to clean water.
Ole Lenku said his
administration will ensure that 60 percent of households have
access to clean drinking water by 2022.