THE Mombasa county government has launched an improvement plan to increase the provision of drinking water from 70 to 90 per cent. Environment executive
According to Awale, The Dutch government and the
Speaking during an interview with the Star in Mombasa yesterday, she said the project will also see sewerage and sanitation in the county improve from 15 percent to 60percent in the next five years.
"We expect to finalize the MoU by August to have more funds for the project. I am convinced that the plan we have stands a chance to improve water supply for Mombasa residents," said Awale.
First beneficiaries of the project will include Jomvu, Likoni, Mtongwe and Changamwe residents. Awale who jetted back into the country last week from the urban water services workshop in
The event was organized by
Awale said the county government is already working with the Dutch government to cut down on vandalism, illegal connections and monitoring of pipes. The Dutch government is also assisting Mombasa on modes of coming up with non- revenue water.
"If we are able to increase our water services to 24/7, people stop buying expensive bottled water from vendors and start using more tap water. Our income will increase and this will enable us to finance our plan to have a tap for every household in Mombasa and start treating the sewage water," said Awale.
The county government has so far launched two major water projects in Nyali and Likoni which include lying down of new pipes and storage systems. Awale said the impact of the project will start being felt in six months time.
She said plans to construct the 200,000 cubic meters
Currently, Mombasa gets 46,000 cubic meters against a demand of 186,000 cubic meters. The county depends on water from Baricho (Kilifi), Mzima springs in Taita Taveta and Marere and Tiwi bore holes in Kwale.
"We have several innovative plans which include disalitating the
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