Water Shortage to Hit Nairobians

  • Nairobi County residents will go without water on Thursday as the Ng'ethu treatment plant will be shut for repairs.

    According to reports by the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, the shutdown was facilitated by the breakdown of a major control valve at the Gigiri reservoir.

    NWSC communications director Mbaruk Vyakweli stated: "The repairs are expected to be completed by midnight and normal water supply will resume by August 17 at 6am."

    Among key areas which were predicted to experience, the water outage includes the whole of City Centre, JKIA, EPZ-Athi River and the whole of Industrial Area.

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    Eastlands estates were also included in the list as those living along Jogoo Road, Outer-Ring Road, Baba Dogo, Dandora, Umoja, Donholm, Embakassi, Kangundo Road and Ruai will not have water.

    Vyakweli noted that the shut-down would also cut supply to estates along Langata Road, Thika road, Limuru Road, Parklands, Gigiri, and Muthaiga.

    Other areas include Karen, Mountain View, Naivasha Road, Kangemi, Satellite, Kawangware, Waithaka and the surrounding areas.

    The water company, however, maintained that all efforts were being made to ensure supply was restored promptly.

    "We request all customers in the affected areas to use their stored water sparingly during the period of interruption," NWSC communications director stated.

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    Nairobi has an estimated population of 3.8 million and projected to grow to 4.5 million by 2019 but it has a water deficit of 200,000 cubic metres per day.

    The city depends on supply from five water sources under the facilitation of the Athi Water Services Board.