In Summary
  • Aqua Swiss has been awarded a contract to build a smaller desalination plant in Likoni that can purify 30,000 cubic metres per day while Almar Water Solutions will put up the desalination plant in the north of the mainland.
  • President Kenyatta allocated the land while on a tour of the tourism hub, during which he opened the Mombasa Agricultural Show early this month and held a meeting with regional leaders.

Coast residents can look forward to enjoying fresh water in their taps after the Mombasa County government got President Uhuru Kenyatta’s approval to acquire more than 10 acres at the Shimo La Tewa Secondary School to set up a Sh16 billion desalination plant, a first in the country.

HUGE DEMAND

The move has given impetus to Governor Hassan Joho’s plan to purify Indian Ocean water for use by the residents and to address the perennial water shortages in Mombasa, and the huge demand in neighbouring Kilifi County.

The Sh16 billion large-scale facility will be the region’s first public desalination plant, and will be constructed by two international companies, Almar Water Solutions of Spain, and Switzerland’s Aqua Swiss.

Aqua Swiss has been awarded a contract to build a smaller desalination plant in Likoni that can purify 30,000 cubic metres per day while Almar Water Solutions will put up the desalination plant in the north of the mainland.

President Kenyatta allocated the land while on a tour of the tourism hub, during which he opened the Mombasa Agricultural Show early this month and held a meeting with regional leaders.

This is the second win for the region after the President also committed to securing funds for the Mzima Springs II project, which will enhance the region’s water supply.

At the meeting, Mr Joho urged the President to fast-track the implementation of Sh42 billion Mzima Springs II pipeline and Mwache Dam projects.

GROUND-BREAKING

“We would like to thank the President for the much-needed land at Shimo la Tewa for Mombasa to set up the desalination project and solve the   water problem,” said Water chief officer Abdulwahab Mbarak.

The county government says the plant will pump more than 100,000 cubic metres of water per day, supplying more than 1 million people in the county.

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