Tension Rises As Water Shortage Hits Nairobi By January


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According to Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, everyone should brace up as water shortage hits Nairobi by January…

Nairobi residents have been forewarned to prepare themselves as water shortage hits Nairobi by January 1, 2017. This was caused due to the scarcity of rains.

According to meteorological updates, short rains fell below the expected level and this has led to a reduction in water supply in Nairobi.

Speaking at the Nairobi Water headquarters, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company says it will reduce water production in Nairobi by 13 percent in a bid to maintain water supply in the city up to April next year.

He added that the main supply of water in Nairobi being Ndakaini dam is only 48 per cent full hence the need to start water rationing.

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The company will reduce water production in Nairobi by 13 percent in a bid to maintain water supply in the city up to April next year. The Nairobi Water company will also crack down on car wash business in the city in a bid to use the water for essential services.

The Nairobi Company gets some of its water supply from Thika dam, Sasumua dam, Ruiru dam and Kikuyu springs.

According to Engr. Gichuki, Ndakaini dam and Chania River which supply 85 percent of the water in Nairobi currently hold 33 million cubic metres of water compared to its 70 million cubic metres capacity.

He went further to say that River Chania was affected because the catchment area did not get enough rain this year hence, the amount of water in the river is limited.

This requires us to have some measures that will at least to enable us to sustain the supply of water up to March, April or May when we expect the long rain, sais Engr. Gichuki.

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He said that if it doesn’t rain within the next few days, the water rationing will take effect with city residents likely to go without water once every week.

He urged residents to partner with them during this period of water shortage by reducing the water consumption for non-essential things like car washing and watering of flowers.