President Kenyatta opened extensions to the Sasumua Dam on Friday (30 October) to boost water supplies for Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
President Kenyatta opened extensions to the Sasumua Dam on Friday (30 October) to boost water supplies for Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The reservoir, about 40 miles (65 kms) north of Nairobi, now produces 13 million gallons of water a day, compared with 8 million gallons when the dam was built in 1956.
The dam now provides about three-quarters of Nairobi's total water supply. But Nairobi is growing at such a speed that it will need 30 million gallons a day by 1980. Intensive studies are being made to determine how to meet this demand. The President said it was intended to build two more dams.
The extensions to the Sasumua reservoir include the raising of the dam wall by 26 feet (8 metres). The work involved an additional 10,000 cubic yards of concrete and thousands of tons of rock and earth filling.
The dam is situated high on the Kinangop Plateau. Its extensions have been built with aid from Britain, the United States and West Germany.
President Kenyatta said that he had invited President Obete of Uganda to declare the extensions open but he had been unable to do so owing to urgent official duties at home.