The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: World Bank Sh7.1 Billion Boost for Coast Water

WATER shortages at the Coast will be a thing of the past following a move by the World Bank and other agencies to inject Sh7.1 billion for rehabilitation of the water systems.

The Coast Water Services Board has already begun implementing the grand project that will halt frequent hitches that have been experienced in the recent past.

In a press statement released yesterday, CWSB boss James Thubu said they have begun the implementation of the Water and Sanitation Services Improvement Project. "The objective of the project is to rehabilitate and improve the existing water and sanitation services in Coast region and built the capacity of CWSB together with all the Water Services Providers," Thubu said.

The project that has seen new pipes bought to replace dilapidated ones from Mzima, Baricho and Marere water sources will assist acquire vehicles, motor cycles and office equipment for CWSB. The rehabilitation of the main Mzima pipeline whose pipes have been in use for over 50 years is almost complete. It is likely to increase water supply to the residents. The project has also seen Sh750 million set aside for major repair works undertaken at the Baricho water plant in North Coast after which production will shoot from 58 to 88 million litres per day.

The rehabilitation going on at both Mzima and Baricho water sources are, according to Thubu, to blame for the recent water scarcity in Taita-Taveta, Kwale, Kilifi and Mombasa counties. "Due to the ongoing works there will be some amount of interruption in the water supply from the existing plants but we have stationed water bowsers strategically in the affected areas," Thubu said. Water supply in Kinango and Taita-Taveta, where the Mzima springs are, has been inconsistent for the last three weeks owing to the rehabilitation works.

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