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Water and sanitation services to Kenya

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A World Bank-funded project will secure access to water and sanitation for more of Kenya's inhabitants. COWI is providing consultancy services for the construction and extension of the water supply.

About 40 per cent of Kenyans do not have access to safe drinking water while 20 per cent lack access to basic sanitation. The Kenya Water and Sanitation Service Improvement Project under the World Bank will increase access to reliable, affordable and sustainable water supply and sanitation services and improve the water and wastewater services in the country.

Extension and rehabilitation of water supply

To reach the project objectives, the existing water supply facilities need to be rehabilitated, and the water supply must be extended to reach under-served areas.

COWI and Samez Consulting Engineers (Kenya) are providing consultancy services for design reviews and construction supervision for the extension and rehabilitation of the water supply for six water services providers at the Kenyan coast. The six service providers are utility entities under the Coast Water Services Board (CWSB). Furthermore, the service providers are also in need of improved operational performance.

Institutional strengthening

The project team is supporting the CWSB in their efforts to strengthen the institutional structure and to increase accountability and transparency in their organisation.

Through the technical assistance, the capacity will be extended, and the physical water supply facilities will be improved. Ultimately this will lead to improved sustainable services, which the Kenyans will receive at affordable prices.

The World Bank-funded project is expected to benefit about 9.3 million Kenyans in 27 districts with improved water and sanitation services, and the six coastal town project, which is part of the overall project, is servicing close to 1 million people.

LAST UPDATED: 19.03.2014