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Kenya's first eco-friendly houses in Watamu

Updated Monday, September 20th 2010 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Philip Mwakio

Kenya's first eco friendly tourism residential development project takes shape today, with the ground-breaking ceremony in Watamu in Kilifi County.

According to Mr Ben Kaparo, the Corporate Affairs Manager with Medina Palms, the project implementers, the Sh1 billion project will feature an exclusive collection of beach villas, pent houses and apartments with direct access to the Sceni Watamu National Marine Park.

"We are committed to use the latest green technology, and promote sensible use, while maintaining integrity of the local marine environment in this luxury residential development project,’’ Kaparo said.

Kenya Wildlife Service ( KWS) Director, Dr Julius Kipng’etich, is expected to officiate the ground breaking ceremony, dubbed ‘Maisha Mazuri’ day.

Kaparo said the Medina Palms Eco Village, which will be put up in two years, has been carefully designed with strong environmental principles in mind.

"The entire project has been designed with major focus on alternative energy system such as solar and wind power,’’ he said.

Corporate responsibility

The project will also have a water recycling and refuse management systems in place.

Bio digesters will be installed to minimise water consumption, and generate free water for laundry works, pools and irrigation for gardens and trees.

Moreover, large rainwater storage tanks designed to hold 120,000 litres, a wind generator to pump pool water, and community lighting, will be also installed. Low energy light bulbs are to be used in the properties, with LED lighting is to be installed for communal buildings, gardens and walkways.

Tourism Minister, Najib Balala has described the project as both environmentally sensitive and exciting, saying the residential development has support from the Ministry.

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