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Maintenance works to disrupt Nairobi water supply

A water vendor cashes in during a shortage of the commodity: Nairobi Water serves close to four million consumers in Nairobi and its environs. FILE PHOTO | GIDEON MAUNDU
A water vendor cashes in during a shortage of the commodity: Nairobi Water serves close to four million consumers in Nairobi and its environs. FILE PHOTO | GIDEON MAUNDU 

Homes and businesses in parts of Nairobi will go without water for the better part of Thursday this week due to a scheduled shutdown of the Ng'ethe Water Treatment Plant.

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company announced today that the disruption will allow the reinstallation of the Gigiri Reservoir Outlet Valve which failed recently causing interruption of water supply to the city.

There will be also scheduled annual maintenance at the treatment plant and on transmissions lines according to the statement.

"The scheduled maintenance work will enhance production of water ensuring effective distribution within the city and its environs," the water utility firm said in a statement.

Some of the areas to be affected include the capital's CBD, University of Nairobi Main Campus, Coca Cola Factory, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), the EPZ plant in Athi River, Industrial Area and residential areas along Mombasa Road such as South B and South C.

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Also to be affected are locales along Jogoo Road, Juja Road, Outer-Ring Road, Kangundo Road, Thika Road, Limuru Road, Naivasha Road, Karen, Mountain View, Kawangware and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Water supply is expected to resume on Friday evening at 6 p.m.

Unpaid bills

Nairobi Water serves close to four million consumers in Nairobi and its environs.

It hopes to connect about 200,000 more households to the supply in the next three years.

The utility company in June threatened to send defaulters' names to the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB) over unpaid bills amounting to Sh1 billion.

The move would block defaulters from accessing credit facilities from financial institutions.

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