Uasin Gishu County now becomes the first devolved unit in Kenya to acquire a watermaster.
The watermaster, an amphibious multipurpose dredger, will be used to desilt existing dams in the county.
Speaking on Wednesday during the commissioning of the water machine, Governor Jackson Mandago said the acquisition of the watermaster will address the problem of siltation in dams across the county.
He said cleaning and reconstruction of dams will ensure residents access clean, safe and affordable piped water.
Governor Mandago spoke in Cheptiret/Kipchamo ward when he officially launched the cleaning and reconstruction of Kerita dam.
“One of the promises I made was to ensure that rural households will access quality and affordable pipe water. We shall do this by cleaning our dams and pumping water using solar powered technology,”said Mandago.
The County Boss said the 18 million-litre dam will be ready for use by end January 2020.
According to the CEC in charge of water Mary Njogu, the county has 350 dams which she said once reconstructed, will boost irrigation farming.