A statement from the World Bank released in Nairobi Thursday said water demands in Mombasa largely exceed supply, with climate variability, droughts and floods taking its toll on poor people.

World Bank
World Bank
“The Bank is funding a significant portion of the cost of a 500 million dollar government program to boost water security and build climate resilience,” it said.

Eugene Wamalwa, Kenya’s Water and Irrigation Services Cabinet Secretary, signed the water purchase agreement guaranteeing delivery of water to Kenya’s second city on the margins of the UN Climate Conference in Paris.

The bank had made the water purchase agreement a condition for funding the development of Mwache dam in Mazeras, Kwale County.

“Mwache dam will supply 186,000 cubic metres of water a day to Mombasa. It will significantly ease the water deficiency our second city currently faces,” Wamalwa said.

Laura Tuck, World Bank Group Vice President for Sustainable Development, said overall water stress was increasing, because of climate change combined with population growth. She warned that in just 35 years, 40 percent of the global population will be living in water scarce countries, compared to 28 percent today. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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