Water Shortage Hits Major Hospitals and Estates in Nairobi

  • Water Vendors wait for their turn to fetch water at Kitengela on July 21, 2018.
    Water Vendors wait for their turn to fetch water at Kitengela on July 21, 2018.
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  • A number of areas in Nairobi are set to experience water shortage following the closure of a water treatment plant.

    The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (NCWSC) on Friday, May 8 issued a statement announcing the closure of Sasumua Dam Treatment Works.

    "Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (NCWSC) has today shut down water production at Sasumua Dam Treatment works which supply 11.6 per cent of water to the Nairobi City County population," the statement read in part.

    File photo of Nairobi residents queuing for water.
    File photo of Nairobi residents queuing for water.
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    The move was triggered by a massive landslide in Karemenu River inside the Abadere Ranges Forest which damaged the water transmission pipeline from Sasumua Dam to Nairobi.

    "Our engineers and the maintenance staff are on the site. Currently, the area is experiencing heavy rains making access very difficult as we have to walk over 10 kilometres inside the forest. The government is doing everything possible to restore the supply to residents of Nairobi," NCWSC assured.

    The following areas will be affected by the shortage; areas along Waiyaki Way, Naivasha Road, Kangemi, Lavington, Westlands, Parklands, M.P Shah Hospital, Agha Khan Hospital and ILRI, Upper Hill and Kilimani.

    Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital, and surrounding environs will also be affected.
     
    University of Nairobi Main Campus hall of residence, Upper and Lower Kabete Campus, University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University Parklands Law campuses will experience the shortage as well.

    Other areas include; estates around Kenyatta Market, Kibera, Lang'ata, Jamhuri, Ngando, Riruta/ Satelite, Dagoretti Corner and Kawangware. Areas along Lang'ata, Madaraka estate, Mbagathi and Ngong roads, and Karen will also be affected.

    Loresho, Nyari, Kitisuru, estates along Peponi Road, New Muthaiga and Thigiri Ridge areas as well.

    NCWSC in the release stated that it would mobilise water tankers to supply water to the affected areas.

    "Customers are requested to book deliveries from our regional offices based at Joseph Kangethe and parklands plaza through 0700385226 and 0704493094 respectively," the statement reads.

    Vendors sell water in Kaloleni estate in Nairobi on March 16, 2017
    Vendors sell water in Kaloleni estate in Nairobi on March 16, 2017
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