Investors at Konza Techno City will access clean water whose supply has been guaranteed by Tanathi Water Services Board.
This follows an agreement signed between Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and Nol-Turesh Loitoktok Water and Sanitation Company limited (NOLWASCO) to supply the techno city with 2000 m3 daily. Currently, Konza is served by 1,200m3 per day from the boreholes which have already been sunk in the City.
The City requires 1000m3 for the implementation of Phase 1A recently advertised for investors and developers to take up, leaving a surplus of 2200m3 of water. NOLWASCO is a licensed agent of Tanathi Water Services Board, tasked with the sale and distribution of Tanathi’s water in the Athi basin.
“The Nol-Turesh water will complement the boreholes that have been drilled on site with a combined yield of 1200 m3/day that will provide water especially for construction of Phase 1A and potentially for the early years of Phase 1,” Eng. John Tanui, CEO KoTDA said.
Approximately 5,000 m3 of water in a day will be required to support Phase 1 of the Technopolis which is 400 acres of land. The water system is to be built concurrently with the wastewater collection, treatment and disposal infrastructure. Procurement for consultancy services for the design of the waste water treatment and disposal facilities is already underway. To this end, Tanathi Water Services Board gave an assurance that the water supply capacity of the Nol-Turesh system is capable of comfortably satisfying the demand required for Phase 1 of the development.
“We have a capacity of 13,000m3 per day, as such the Konza City needs will be met. We shall look for ways of supplying clean water in a smart way to the city,” said Engineer Samuel Oruma, the Chief Manager, Water Utilities and Community Development, at Tanathi Water Services Board who was representing the Tanathi CEO at the event.
The implementation of Phase 1 is already underway. The Master Plan of this Phase begun on a 400-acre piece of land and is expected to attract 30,000 residents, 7,500 knowledge based workers supported by 16,700 other workers. On full development, Konza Techno City is anticipated to accommodate a population of 230,000 people during the day and about 180,000 people at night.
Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) has invited investors to take up space in the first phase of the Konza Techno City. The expression of interest expires in January 30, 2016.
“We call up on investors to grab this rare opportunity to be part of the success story of Konza City. I wish to remind those who have not reached to us with their expressions of interest to do so within the next ten days,” Eng. Tanui noted. The initial development dubbed “Phase 1” has been sub-divided into various parcels of land.
The KoTDA CEO assured investors that the government is working round the clock to deliver the most conducive business environment at what is billed to be Africa’s first technology city. The Techno City is working with other government agencies to conclude on other infrastructure such roads, rail, fibre connectivity and smart grid.
“We are finalizing on the key infrastructure such as power, broadband, access roads, rail services, water and sewerage that will all be ready soon. In addition, we will have a dedicated police post to ensure security for all participating in the initial developments at Konza City,” Eng. Tanui said.
Konza Techno City (KTC) is a national flagship Vision 2030 project. KTC’s main objective is to be a techno-city that will attract investors, and create over 20,000 jobs at the end of Phase 1 in 2020 in addition to attracting over 200,000 residents in the City by 2030. The City is designed to be Africa’s Silicon Savannah, contributing $1 billion (approximately 2 per cent) to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) once Phase 1 is operational. The vision for KTC is to be a sustainable, world-class technology hub and a major economic driver for the nation, with a vibrant mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities. KTC will develop world-class infrastructure and technology to facilitate research, education and business through Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), to position Kenya as a knowledge-based economy and a preferred Information and Communication Technology (ICT) destination, globally. By leveraging the smart city framework, Konza will be able to optimize its city services, creating a sustainable city that responds directly to the needs of its residents, workers, and visitors. The implementation of a smart city framework at Konza has begun with detailed planning relating to ICT infrastructure. As Konza continues to develop its technology network, it will draw from a range of international best practices, including the Intelligent Community Forum, Smart Cities Council, and International Standards Organization’s methodologies for the sustainable development of communities.