President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya has officially opened the first state of a major water project which will boost Nairobi's water supply by eight million gallons a day.
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Background: President Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya has officially opened the first state of a major water project which will boost Nairobi's water supply by eight million gallons a day. The opening ceremony was held on Thursday (6 June) near Thika on the China River in the Kiambu district.
Early in 1970 Nairobi City Council negotiated a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Work on the first stage began two years ago. Waters of the Chania, Kimakia and Thika Rivers have been dammed back to regulate the supply to Nairobi. Eventually the project will supply an extra 60 million gallons of water a day to the capital.
A special feature of the scheme is the pipeline carrying the water to Nairobi. It's about 21 miles (36 Kms) long and just over two feet (700 mm) thick making it the largest pipeline of its kind in East Africa.
The next stage of the project is the construction of another dam on the Chania River. Surveys are already underway and some models of the proposed dam are being tested.