The government has reported an 18 percentage point increase in access to improved water services to 60% due to new water projects. Mr Joseph Irungu, Water and Sanitation principal secretary, said that access to improved water services increased from 58 per cent in 2015/16 to 60 per cent in 2017/18 due to completion of 84 projects which served 3.8 million additional people.
Urban sewerage coverage increased from 21.5 per cent in 2015/16 to 25 per cent in 2017/18 due to expansion of sewerage schemes in urban areas, he added. The PS said this translates to 900,000 million additional people being served.
The PS said that the construction of Chemususu Dam and Northern Collector Tunnel are at 29% and 57% completion stage, respectively. The government is in the process of Gazetting Kikuyu Springs to protect it as it is one of the oldest sources of water for Nairobi.