• The agency is also doing feasibility studies for sewerage systems in Kapcherop and Kapsowar towns in Elgeyo Marakwet.
• Agency building water tanks, intake weirs, laying pipes, drilling and equipping boreholes, constructing water storage tanks, water kiosks and water troughs.
The North Rift Water Works Development Authority will build a Sh900 million sewerage system in Iten.
NRWWA's chief executive officer Edwin Rotich on Wednesday also said the agency will conduct a feasibility study on construction of two more sewerage systems in Kapsowar and Kapcherop towns.
The company made the announcement when the board met Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wesley Rotich in his office in Iten.
“The construction of a new sewerage system with a capacity of 6,800 cubic metres a day in Iten is at the top of our agenda," Rotich said.
"We are also looking into the possibility of doing sewerage systems in Kapcherop and Kapsowar towns, while we have a number of projects lined up in Elgeyo Marakwet,” he said.
On Monday, while commissioning a garbage collection truck, Rotich also said Iten urgently needs a sewerage system, the county lack funds to build one and appealed for funding from partners.
The CEO said the agency is constructing water tanks, intake weirs, laying pipes, drilling and equipping boreholes, constructing water storage tanks, water kiosks and water troughs around the county.
He said five water projects have been completed, some have been commissioned and others are awaiting official handover to communities.
Governor Rotich thanked the agency for the projects in the county and called for more partnerships, saying the county was still facing a major water shortage.
“We are grateful to the NRWWA for the completed and ongoing projects as our people will access clean and safe drinking water, with the same for livestock and irrigation," the governor said.
He added that it would result in improved sanitation and an increase in livestock and agricultural production.
The county chief urged the agency to ensure communities are actively involved to ensure they own them, protect and maintain them.
Projects include Mogil Primary School borehole in Marakwet East, which will benefit 1,000 people; Embarar community water project in Marakwet West for about 3,000 beneficiaries; Rimoi Community Water project in Keiyo North and Chepsirei Community Water project in Keiyo South.
The agency is mandated to undertake the development, maintenance and management of water works within Turkana, West Pokot, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.
It is carrying on with projects inherited from the Rift Valley Water Works Development Agency.
(Edited by V. Graham)