Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Nassir moves to address perennial water shortage
Mombasa county has taken a major step towards solving its water shortage crisis by launching a new desalination plant.
The plant is capable of producing up to 70,000 liters of clean and fresh drinking water by extracting salt and other impurities from seawater.
The initiative is part of the county’s efforts to provide reliable and sustainable access to clean water for its residents.
To address the shortage of water in specific areas of the county such as Bamburi, Mtongwe, and Likoni, the county government has partnered with foreign investors to help to tackle the problem of water scarcity in these areas and ensure that residents have access to clean and safe water for their daily needs.
The county implemented a solar water harvesting farm to maximize the provision of clean and fresh water to its residents. This project is in line with the county Boss Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir’s manifesto on clean water provision, which aims to provide sustainable access to clean water for all residents.
The initiative is particularly important as many Mombasa residents have no access to clean water and rely entirely on water kiosks for their sustenance.
“Only 22 percent of Mombasa residents have access to fresh water. The rest depend on boreholes and buying water from kiosks. God blessed us with the ocean as our natural resource. We encourage investors to come and partner with us and set up a desalination plant so that every resident of Mombasa has access to clean water in their homes.” explained the governor.
Speaking at the launch of Give Power Water project in Mtongwe, Likoni sub county, Emily Achieng, the county CEC for Water and Sanitation emphasized on the need to harvest water to check for contamination and fill in the county’s water deficit of almost 200,000 litres.
“We rely largely on such innovations and I want to take this opportunity to thank the current investors and even invite more to invest in Mombasa County.” The CS stated.