Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has unveiled plans to contain the perennial water shortage in Mombasa County.
Joho on Tuesday revealed that tenders have already been awarded to two international firms which will desalinate Indian Ocean water into a clean drinking water that will serve all Mombasa residents.
While addressing journalists at his office in Mombasa, Joho said that for a long time Mombasa has been depending on Kilifi, Kwale and Taita taveta counties for water supply which cannot quell over a million thirsty Mombasa residents.
He said that the 20 billion shillings Mwache Dam too could not sustain all the locals as the demand was over 200,000 cubic meters of water while the supply which fluctuates was at only 42,000 cubic meters.
The governor said that Alma water solution from Spain and a Swiss firm Aqua Swiss have been contracted to install the two desalination plants.
“Alma water solution will install a water desalination plant at the Northern part of Mombasa which will produce 100,000 cubic meters of water per day,” he noted.
Joho also revealed that a medium plant which will be initiated by Aqua Swiss firm at Likoni will produce over 30,000 cubic meters a day which will to a large extent enable Mombasa residents access clean and adequate water at their door step.
“It’s been a long journey but its taking shape, this is a milestone,” noted the Mombasa County Chief.
He said the development of the desalination project will alleviate the drastic water crisis that Mombasa County is currently experiencing which for several years has caused interruption of water supply.