Likoni residents in Mombasa, who have suffered years of water shortage, will sigh with relief as the Mombasa County government launches a 27 million shilling water pipeline extension project in the area on Tuesday.
The project is funded by the World Bank to a tune of 15 million shillings through the water and sanitation service improvement project, and will be used for the purchase of materials to be used in the project.
United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will provide an additional 12 million shillings for the labor component and additional fittings, a statement from the County government read.
At completion, the project will see over 17,000 residents in Likoni sub-county benefit from fresh piped water which will be distributed through 5km of water distribution pipes to be laid in the project.
Areas whose access to water will be enhanced by the project include Bofu, Landi, Mwana Nguvuze, Mrima and Ujamaa settlements.
The project when realized, will deliver over 1400 domestic connections and 6 new public water kiosks. Existing water kiosks selling borehole water will also be provided with fresh water for sale.
“This initiative is part of the water supply for the urban poor targeted to improve water supply to the informal settlements, and 80 percent of Likoni sub-county is categorized as a low income area,” the statement read.
Like Likoni, Mombasa County in its entirety has faced serious water supply problems, as the Mombasa Water and Sewerage Company, and the Coast Water Services Board continue to rehabilitate and replace old and worn out supply pipes, blamed for leakages and blockages.