Nairobi Water Shortage Hits State House

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House for the 91st Annual St John Inspection Parade at State House in 2019
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

The frequent water shortages in Nairobi, occasioned by interruption of supply, have not spared even the most powerful office in the land - State House. 

Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company has listed State House as one of the areas which will be affected by the interruption of water supply.

According to a notice published on Tuesday, May 4, the water will be cut off from 6:00 am on Thursday, May 6 to Friday, May 7, 6:00 am.


Also affected is a similarly powerful office - the Department of Defence (DoD) Headquarters which houses the Kenya Defense Forces leadership. 

“The shutdown will facilitate repair of the Sasumua treated water transmission pipeline at the Aberdare forest and the interconnection of the Kabete Reservoirs outlet pipes with the relocated distribution pipeline along Waiyaki Way at the Communication Authority Headquarters due to the ongoing construction of Waiyaki Way - Rironi road. 

“Once the works are completed, it will enable release of the road section between Communication Authority Headquarters and the junction of James Gichuru and Waiyaki Way to the Waiyaki Way - Rironi Road Contractor,” the notice from Nairobi Water reads.

Other areas in Nairobi that will be affected by the water shortage include;

  1. Areas along Naivasha Road-Riruta, Kawangware, Dagoretti Corner and Ngando
  2. Areas along Ngong Road-Kilimani, City Mortuary, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Coptic Hospital, State House, Department of Defense Headquarters, Lavington, Kileleshwa, Kibera, Forces Memorial Hospital, KEMRI, Golf Course Estate, Kenyatta Market, Karen, and areas along Gitanga Road among others
  3. Areas along Langata road - Langata Estates, Makadara, KWS, Langata Barracks, St. Mary's Hospital, Strathmore University and Wilson Airport.
  4. Areas along Waiyaki Way - Loresho, RedHill, Kitisuru, Nyari, University of Nairobi Main Campus Residence Halls, Parklands Campus, Chiromo Campus, Westlands, and Parklands.

Nairobi Water has appealed to affected customers to use available water sparingly as they work towards restoring the supply. 

Many homes in the city have been bearing the brunt of the heavy infrastructure projects being undertaken by the national government in Nairobi.

Some of the most affected areas include Waiyaki Way, Mombasa Road, and those whose water pipeline was constructed along those routes. 

Mombasa Road users have been experiencing interruptions due to the construction of the Ksh60 billion Nairobi Expressway.

Some of the residents have complained that their taps have gone dry for months.

Documents tabled in Parliament show that Ksh2.1 billion will be used to relocate water and sewerage lines along the multi-billion project.

The relocation of electricity poles has also caused frequent power outages for estates along the road.

Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.
Transport CS James Macharia during an inspection tour of Nairobi Expressway on March 31, 2021.