Over 10 million wasted on dry drilled boreholes
The Nyandarua County Executive Member for Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources, Simon Mwangi has revealed that over Sh10 million was spent to drill boreholes in the past that didn’t yield water.
Responding to a question posted by Ndaragwa Central ward MCA, David Maitai, who questioned the drilling of new borehole instead of revamping those drilled by the previous regime, the county executive said they could not equip some of the boreholes since they could not provide water.
“We cannot equip boreholes that will produce no water, instead we have to work on drilling new ones,” said Mwangi citing the case of dry Kanyagia borehole in Kanyagia location Ndaragwa constituency.
He noted that Sh.5.6 million was used to drill Kanyagia borehole and another Sh.5.2 million to drill a borehole in Kiriita Ward also in Ndaragwa constituency which only gives 1.5 cubic metres of water daily.
The CE who was talking before the county executive oversight committee said that in a span of a month they were able to drill nine new boreholes spread across the county.
“The drilling of the boreholes was made possible as the county government got a drilling ring in a partnership deal with the national government,” Mwangi noted.
He added that the National government gave Sh.70 million for drilling water in the county clarifying that the money was not given to the County government but went to the Ministry of Water in the partnership.
By Mercy Wanjiku/Stellah Kemboi