The Star (Nairobi)

15 December 2012

Kenya: Mombasa Board Unveils Water Plan

It is just recently that the minister for Water And Irrigation Charity Ngilu and her assistant Mwangi Kiunjuri found themselves in murky waters ... ( Resource: Kitui Residents Grappling With Frequent Water Shortages in Kenya

THE Coast Water Services Board has launched a masterplan to boost water supply in the region. The plan, developed by an Israel company, Tahal Group, will identify and develop the water sources to supply the region's six counties.

Speaking during the launch of the plan, CWSB boss James Thubu, said the World Bank has already given money for the project.

"We have received Sh7 billion from the World Bank, part of which has already been used on the Baricho dam, which is in its final stages of completion," he said. The dam, which will be ready in four years, will supply water to Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Mombasa towns.

In the master plan, the board has identified Mwache in Kwale, Rare in Kilifi, Mzima II Springs in Taita and Baricho in Kilifi for development. The board and the government are seeking loans from the Chinese government to upgrade the Mzima II Springs.

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