Water project launched in Kwale to help cater for shortage

Water project launched in Kwale to help cater for shortage

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One of the water tank projects aimed at help solve water shortage in Kwale. PHOTO: SITA LAWRENCE.

Kwale, KENYA: A 20 million water project has officially been launched from Mwakigwena primary school Ukunda to Nyumba tatu in Msambweni.

The project which was funded by Water Service Trust Fund and ran by KWAWASCO ,is among various water projects within Kwale county which were sponsored at the cost of 400m.

Speaking at Ukunda Masai grounds water Permanent Secretary Prof.Fred H.K.Segor said the project is aimed to serve over 10,000 residents in Msambweni sub county.

“ As the national government our duty is to ensure that water is close to mwananchi,” said the Segor.

“Our role is to find out how we can source the funds and one of our institutions is Water Service trust fund, ” added Segor.

Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya appreciated the sponsorship and noted that Kwale county government has initiated various water projects since 2013 that have benefited the residents.

He mentioned the projects as Mgalani-Busho Water Project, kibaoni-kinango,Dzirihini- Mwena, Kaphingo-Maweu among others.

He further said that more water projects are on-course, including Mkanda dam which awaits it’s second and third phase after completion of it’s first phase and the Mwache dam’s Kwale county development support project-funded by World Bank.

Infrastructure Development and Public works CEC, Hemed Mwabudzo highlighted the issue of inherited huge bills of electricity that have been causing power cut out by Kenya Power even after negotiations.

Mwabudzo blamed Coast Water Service Board and Kenya power for making Kwale watershortage a big problem due to high electricity bills.

KWAWASCO  up to date owes Kenya power 2M after paying a 7M debt early last week.