Residents of Ziwa Machine have a reason to smile as Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii handed the Ziwa Machine Water Project – one of his flagship projects in Ziwa Ward.

Dr Bii says the project is anticipated to serve over 3000 households, in addition to public amenities such as Ziwa Secondary School and Kimurgoi Dispensary. Piping works are ongoing in phase two.

This project is a fulfilment of the Governor’s Nguzo of working to provide households with adequate water at their doorsteps.

“My government has covered 80 per cent of the distribution of water within the Ward and we will continue to distribute water to the locals across the County, for domestic and agriculture,” said Dr Bii.

The contractor embarks on the installation of a solar system, laying of the pumping main (1.7km), installation of water pump, construction of pump house, construction of an elevated steel tank with a capacity of 150000l at 15m high, and piping and distribution line of about 4km.

The County boss reiterated that farmers should diversify from maize farming to cash crop farming as water will be available for irrigation, especially during dry seasons.

Area Member of County Assembly Hon. Ezekiel Kodi on his part called on Ziwa residents to embrace the project as the county works hand in hand with the legislature and the collective effort is for the benefit of all residents.

County Executive Committee Member for Water Dr. Sam Kottut said: “The project in this phase includes installation of equipment whose primary focus is to get water to the locals.”

Henry Rotich, a resident of Ziwa machine, lauded Governor Jonathan Bii’s administration for fulfilling his promise of distributing water up to the grassroots.

Ziwa Dam as its source of the Ziwa Machine water project has an already existing ground masonry tank with a capacity of 400,000 litres.

County Executive for Roads Eng. Joseph Lagat, Chief Officers Elijah Koech (Water) Mary Kerich (Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources) and Abdikadirr Sankor (Partnership, Liaison and Linkages) Directors Sila Terigin (Governor’s Press) and Administration’s Samwel Kemboi.