The construction of a Thwake Multipurpose water development is taking shape after Senior Govt. officials were deployed by President Kenyatta to assess the project progress.

According to report, from Kenya Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU), the first phase of the project is currently on course. It involves construction of an 80.5m high dam with 688 million cubic meter storage capacity and associated preliminary works.

Meanwhile, the Phase Two will involve construction of hydropower and substation expected to generate at least 20MW. The third phase will involve development of water supply system to treat and distribute up to 150,000 cubic metres daily to Kitui, Makueni and Machakos counties’ residents.

The project also targets irrigation of up to 40,075 hectares of land in Kitui and Makueni counties (approximately 100,000 acres of land). As part of  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) , two blocks of eight classrooms each and a health centre will be constructed in the area.

The report also noted that Ongoing civil works and related activities have created direct and indirect employment of more than 1,200 locals. That the project will also improve sanitation and hygiene thereby mitigating threat of diseases.


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