Water, Sanitation & Natural Resources

Department unveils strategy for long term solution to water problem

The department of water boasts of a number of projects already completed and several others in the pipeline to end the perennial water problem in Mombasa once and for all.

Currently, Mombasa receives very little water from the main sources of Mzima in Taita Taveta; Baricho in Kilifi and Tiwi boreholes in Kwale County.

However, a number of measures have been put in place by the County Government through the water department. These include the construction of 5kilometre water pipeline and six water kiosks in Likoni which increased water access to 1,200 households.

The County has also undertaken construction of 22 boreholes across the six sub-counties at a cost of Sh60million to provide increased access to clean water and supplement inadequate supplies.

Among the short term measures the county is taking to alleviate the suffering of residents include the laying of a 2.8km pipeline and 4 yard taps through Bokole Water Supply Project in partnership with WSTF where 800 households are currently benefitting through the yard taps

At the same time water tankering in ongoing in West mainland where 15 plastic tanks were installed at different strategic areas and filled using water bowsers which cushion residents in areas suffering water shortages.

On the long term plans, the County Government is on the final stages of the procurement process for the construction of a water desalination plant in south and north mainland to provide fresh water for the county residents.

Similarly, the signing of the water purchase agreement with World Bank has paved way for the construction of Sh16billion Mwache dam that will supply residents with 180,000 cubic meters of water daily.