The Shauri Moyo multipurpose dam project was recently launched by Kwale Governor Fatuma Achani in the Silaloni area of Samburu Sub County. The dam would cost Sh45.7 million to construct.
According to Governor Achani, the Shauri Moyo mega-dam project would deliver water to Silaloni and the environs. The dam will have a storage capacity of 151,000 cubic meters.
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The new multi-million shilling water project, according to her, is one of several dam projects that the government of Kwale County is financing. The Shauri Moyo multipurpose dam is expected to solve the problem of water shortage that residents are facing.
The Makamini dam and the Mwache multipurpose dam are other current dam projects. 22,000 people in Kinango Sub County will also benefit from Nyalani Dam. Construction works at Nyalani Dam were recently completed.
She reaffirmed the commitment of her government to finding a solution to the water shortage that the people of Kwale have faced for years. According to her, the event was significant. She said that it showed her administration’s commitment to improving general access to potable water supply in the county.
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She also added that the project would specifically contribute to enhancing the living standards of the communities in the area. The county governor also said the current drought impacting most of Kwale has made an already dire situation worse. It has limited many people’s access to safe and sufficient clean water.
She said that the county is already taking measures to reduce the effects of the drought by constructing water dams. It is also expanding and rehabilitating boreholes all across the region. Achani stated that in order to irrigate huge areas of land for agricultural use, the devolved government plans to construct at least one massive dam in each of the six sub-counties.
She also stated that her government aims to better the quality of life for people living in the semi-arid and arid regions of the coastal county. This is through constructing dams that would provide reliable water for agricultural and domestic use.