Water Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has pledged to resolve water crisis that is currently biting the six coastal counties.
Speaking during the launch of a Sh.50 Million water project at the new Lamu port LAPSSET, Wamalwa said the current status of water supply in the six counties was not satisfactory.
The counties among them Mombasa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Tana River have been at loggerheads with the Coastal Water Supply Board (CWSB) over a more than Sh.1.2 Billion water debt that has lasted since the era of the municipal administration.
The situation has resulted in constant water surges with several institutions being affected among them the Pwani University which had to close down due to the lack of water.
Wamalwa said he had already directed the water board to resume water supply to all areas where the service had been cut off due to the accumulating debt.
He said his office was working closely with all the coastal county governments and the water board in trying to find a lasting solution on how the age old water debts will be paid in order to allow for efficient water supply.
“I am here to find a lasting solution to the water problem. I am going all over the six counties. Its unfortunate that a university had to close down due to water shortage. The water board has been directed to resume water supply in all places that had been cut off as we sit with the county governments and the board in finding ways of paying up this debt,”said Wamalwa.
While launching the water project at the LAPSSET , Wamalwa said locals who live close to the site will also be allowed to use the water.
Those set to benefit from the massive water supply will be those in Kililana, Mashunduani,Magogoni and Hindi and the environs.
Wamalwa revealed that together with experts from Japan, Israel and America, plans were underway to harness water from the Indian ocean and have it processed to clean water for subsistence use.
He said the initiative is aimed at eliminating water scarcity at the Kenyan coast and in Kenya as a whole.
“We have launched this water supply project at the LAPSSET but that doesn’t mean locals won’t use the water, they should. We are also working on yet another project that will see us harness water from the Indian ocean and process it into clean water for home use,’said Wamalwa.
He said the Kenyan coast had plenty of water which if well processed can still be used to reduce water scarcity.