Whereas the region could be closer to the big waters than any other region in the country, Coast County is among the counties in the country with water problems.
A dam is however to be constructed to help curb this. The Mwache multi-purpose dam in Kwale is set to begin construction in July this year and be completed in three years. The World Bank will fund the project to a tune of Sh17 billion.
Mombasa will receive 110 million litres of water per day from the dam while Kwale will get 76 million litres.
Besides that, the county has also found an alternative that will allow them to use the salty sea water.
A local daily newspaper reports that the county is considering taking on a project that will allow them desalinate the sea water. A feasibility study by a Japanese firm, Toyota Tsusho showed that the project was viable proposing Shanzu as the best location to set up the desalination plant.
“Once set up, the plant is expected to produce 100 million litres of water a day”, says Ms.Fatma Awale, the county’s water executive.
If all goes well, the paper reports that the project is likely to kick start next year and end in 2017.