Sh50bn expansion plan to boost Coast water supply

Coast water board officials working on a water pipe after pipe burst in May 3, 2012. Coast Water Service Board has announced a Sh50 billion expansion plan at the Mzizima Springs to boost water supply in the entire Coast region.
Coast water board officials working on a water pipe after pipe burst in May 3, 2012. Coast Water Service Board has announced a Sh50 billion expansion plan at the Mzizima Springs to boost water supply in the entire Coast region.

Coast Water Service Board has announced a Sh50 billion expansion plan at the Mzizima Springs to boost water supply in the entire Coast region.

Already the project's proposal has been drawn up and shall entail putting up a 240 kilometre pipeline from Mzima Intake to Changamwe.

CWSB director Kai Chula told reporters in Malindi that they are looking for donors to facilitate the project and are currently in negotiations with

two governments on the possibility of funding the project.

Chula said there have been concerted efforts to address water shortage at the Coast.

He said there has been a major over haul at Baricho Water Works that entailed replacement of water pumps and digging of eight wells to add to the existing four.

Chula said installation of a Sh800 million

pipeline from Kakuyuni to Watamu increased water supply in Malindi and Mastangoni.


He said there is another project in progress that entails laying out a 40 kilometre long pipeline from Marere to Changamwe.

“The contractor is already on-site and the project is estimated to cost between Sh300 to Sh400 million,’’ he said.

Chula said the other project that CWSB has overseen is the Sh80.5 million

Malindi Water and Sewerage Company project.

He said at the completion of the project, more

than 5,400 people from Kibokoni and Mtangani areas, which largely houses low income earners, were the beneficiaries.

Chula said the project was funded by the Water Services Trust Fund and

entailed putting in a 43kilometre pipeline extension, establishing 11 water Kiosks and 15 yard taps.