Zachariah Njeru EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation presided over the groundbreaking of the construction of a biogas dome at Gatuanyaga Secondary School in Kieni constituency, Nyeri county accompanied by Water Secretary Eng. Sao Alima, EBS, Nyeri Department of Water, Environment, Natural resources and Sanitation CECM Fredrick Kinyua, Kieni Member of Parliament Njoroge Wainana, MCA Gakawa ward Charity Wangui, MCA Mugunda Ward Johnstone Kamau, MCA Mweiga Ward Kawanjiku Njuguna, TWWDA Chairperson James Wanyaga, TWWDA Board of Directors, TWWDA CEO Eng. Phillip Gichuki, MBS and other senior government officials. The dome is one of 3No. units which will be implemented in three learning institutions under the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation program funded by the African Development Bank and the Government of Kenya.

Hon. Njeru emphasized that water is a human right and not a privilege. He commended Tana Water Works Development Agency for embracing technology in the implementation of water and sanitation interventions. The CS recognized the efforts of students and staff of Gatuanyaga Secondary School towards achieving environmental sustainability through their “Adopt a tree” Initiative.

TWWDA CEO Engineer Phillip Gichuki MBS, emphasized that the Agency’s commitment to address climate change was the key driving factor to this initiative. He outlined the significance of the project, while the TWWDA Chairperson Mr James Wanyaga expressed gratitude to the Ministry for consistently supporting the Agency.

Continuing his impactful visit, CS Zachariah Njeru undertook the inspection of Mathira Community Water Project. This included the inspection of a 225m3 water storage tank at Ihwagi Primary School as well as a visit to a community member’s homestead who is a beneficiary of the project.

Hon. Njeru acknowledged the project’s community-driven origins, which has two intakes and eight water storage tanks. He emphasized the importance of local ownership of projects for sustainability and commended the collaborative efforts between the community and the Agency. He added that community involvement signifies goodwill and responsible management. Beyond sanitation initiatives, the CS advocated for sewer projects as a holistic solution to the water crisis. The event, attended by local leaders and the entire TWWDA board, showcased the Agency’s dedication to fostering sustainable water and sanitation solutions.