The ministry of water has sped up the construction works for water distribution networks in Mombasa to ensure that the projects are completed by October this year.
The chief administrative secretary in the Water ministry Dr Andrew Tuimur pitched a camp in Mombasa to inspect and assess the ongoing projects.
He began with a tour of the Kipevu Wastewater Treatment Plant and Re-pooling in Mombasa west mainland being rehabilitated at a cost of about Sh280 million.
He was accompanied by representatives from the Mombasa county commissioners’ office and officials from the Coast Water Works Development Agency who are implementing the projects.
“The project is going on well and we expect it to be done by November this year. Once completed, it will serve about 17,000 residents of Kipevu,” said Tuimur.
“It will also serve adjacent areas through exhausters,” he said.
The old plant constructed in 1980 had been congested and unable to serve the increased population
Tuimur said that sanitation has been a big issue not only in Mombasa town but the entire country at large.
“We are a bit behind on the issue of sanitation, overall in the country we are at 26 per cent,” he said.
He reiterated that sanitation was very key adding that failure to have sanitation programs, then the country risks getting disease outbreaks.
He said that the ministry had aligned all its programs to have an element of sanitation so that as they work towards improving water distribution networks, they also improve sanitation levels.
“Every program that we are starting now we are emphasizing that it must have a sanitation element so that we go hand in hand together. As we produce more water, we also improve on the sanitation program,” he said.
Tuimur also inspected ongoing water distribution networks along Mombasa north mainland areas of Nyali and Kisauni.
The Kisauni distribution network stretches about 140 kilometres and is being constructed at a cost of Sh700 million.
The project expected to be completed by October this year will serve over 200,000 people living in the northern mainland of Mombasa.
Tuimur also inspected the ongoing works of the 65-kilometre distribution network in Nyali being constructed at a cost of Sh516 million.
“The project progress is at 36.54 per cent, we expect it will be done by October. It will serve around 216,577 people,” Tuimur said.
The 18-month contract was awarded to Danaff Kenya Company Limited last year with construction works beginning on May 1.
So far Sh198,801,856 has been paid to the contractor with contract time elapsed standing at 68.06 per cent as of last Friday.
Tuimur said that the country’s water coverage was 65 per cent.
“We would like that to reach 100 per cent before the year 2030 that is why we are visiting these projects to ensure they are completed in time,” he said.
He said that the ministry had 685 projects spread across the country ranging from small, medium to large scale.
He added that the distribution network being done was in preparation for when the Sh20 billion Mwache Multipurpose Dam project will be completed.
“We want to be ready for the water that will come from Mwache by ensuring distribution channels are already in place,” he said.
He said that the contractor is already on-site and would begin work soon.
The construction of the dam whose contract was signed in 2018 was set to begin on February 15 this year taking a period of 7 years.