Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Kenya will receive a 16.7 million- euro loan ($22.7 million) from Belgium to increase the supply of water in Elgeyo Marakwet County in the western Rift Valley.
The money will pay to construct a dam on the Charama river, build a water-purification plant with a capacity of 4,280 cubic meters a day and install 23 kilometers (14 miles) of water pipelines, the Belgian Embassy in Kenya said in a statement handed to reporters today in the capital, Nairobi. The funds will also be used to build an underground storage tank capable of holding 1,250 cubic meters of water, it said.
Residents of Iten, the capital of Elgeyo Marakwet county, and Tambach town have suffered with “inadequate and unreliable supplies of water,” Environment Secretary Judy Wakhungu said today. “The project will meet water needs for the two towns.”
Brussels-based ASPAC Intl. and Rift Valley Water Services Board, a Kenyan company, will carry out the work.
The loan is interest-free and must be repaid over 15 years and six months, with a grace period of two years.
--Editors: Sarah McGregor, Stephen Cunningham