National Water Harvesting & Storage Authority (NWHSA) yesterday signed the contract for the construction of Soin-Koru Dam with China Jiangxi international Kenya Limited and China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Company limited.
The contract paves way for the start of construction of the multi-purpose dam project which will be a game changer in Kisumu and Kericho counties.
Soin-Koru Dam is located about 5km upstream of Muhoroni Town and across Nyando River that forms the boundary between Kericho and Kisumu Counties.
With a storage capacity of 93.7Million cubic metres, the dam will supply 72,000m3/day of water for domestic use, irrigation of 2,570 Hectares of land and generation of 2.5MW of hydropower.
• To supply potable water to meet water deficit in parts of Kisumu and Kericho counties.
• Supply water for irrigation to ensure food security on lower areas of Awasi and Ahero hence, economic activities like irrigated farming will be more vibrant to improve livelihoods of residents on these areas.
• Flow of water in Nyando River will be regulated throughout the year hence the project will end the perennial flooding caused by River Nyando.
The contract signing was done by representatives of all parties- NWHSA was represented by the Ag. CEO CS. Sharon Obonyo, while China Jiangxi international Kenya Limited and China Jiangxi International Economic and Technical Cooperation Company limited were led by the Vice President Mr. Libiya at the National Water Plaza. Present to witness the signing was NWHSA’s Chairman Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Andrew Ikenye and Senior officials from all parties.