Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago has expressed commitment and optimism in tackling water shortage as the county launched waterworks equipment on Monday.

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In an occasion attended by governors, Mwangi wa Iria and Alex Tolgos, as well as Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi, machinery including drilling rigs, crawler excavators, graders, long arm excavators, agriculture equipment and tipper lorries, were paraded.

"The machinery is poised to begin work immediately," stated Mandago. 

Wards will benefit from the iniative as several areas have been lined up for drilling boreholes. They encompass Ngatit primary and Cheptiret dispensary.

Mandago also revealed a plan to desilt old dams and construct new ones where they existed before. He said mapping had already been done for laying pipes for irrigation.

"The county has an objective of ensuring that every household has clean reliable water," noted the governor. 

The launch of the Sh480 million machinery came just a week after the county handed over a site for the Sh1.3 billion Kipkaren water dam project that Mandago said would go a long way to addressing perennial water shortage in the county's capital, Eldoret. 

Moments after the event, the county boss took to his Facebook page and posted, "As promised during re-election campaign, I will fix the water problem in rural and urban areas of this county. With the launched waterworks equipment, we are ready to construct/desilt new dams and sink boreholes cost-effectively."