More than 2500 Mbeere residents are set to benefit from domestic water after Embu county government partnered with the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the European Union to construct a 50,000 cubic meter water capacity dam.
The Sh17 million Kamarandi dam will also serve as a watering point for more than 20,000 herds of livestock.
Embu county deputy governor David Kariuki said that the dam will avert perennial drought cases and water shortage in Mbeere.
‘’The county is working on making sure the water problem is solved, we are partnering with other stakeholders to initiate water projects in the larger Mbeere,’’ said the Deputy Governor.
The community has been heavily relying on seasonal rivers which are not reliable sources of domestic water.
“The dam is expected to resolve this problem by harvesting rain water for use throughout the year; this will save time used to look for water and use it in other economic activities,” he added.
While speaking in Embu, National Drought Management Authority Chairman, Raphael Nzomo said that the dam is already up and running.
Nzomo noted that the dam served the area residents and their livestock during the drought period that was experienced in the county and the country at large.
‘’We’re looking forward to more partnerships with the Embu county government to improve the livelihoods of the people,’’ said Nzomo.