City dwellers face more water rationing as rains fail

A vendor hawks water in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A vendor hawks water in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Nairobi residents should brace themselves for another cycle of water rationing as the ongoing dry spell takes its toll on water levels at the Ndakaini dam.

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCSWC) said the volume of water at the source, which supplies 85 per cent of Nairobi's water, has dropped to 29.3 per cent.

Through a statement, the company warned that it will be unable to sustain normal supplies of the precious resource because catchment areas have been receiving below average rainfall during the short rains period.

“With the ongoing dry spell, the catchment of Thika Dam has been receiving below average rainfall during the current short rains period. The recharge of the rivers has been poor and currently the flows are below normal,” read a statement the NCSWSC manager for corporate affairs Mbaruku Vyakweli.

The utility firm says it will ration available water in the reservoirs in order to sustain supply to the city until the situation improves.

The County government began water rationing in January this year and the situation has not improved following erratic rainfall.

Nairobi residents have had to dig deeper into their pockets to buy the commodity from water vendors who charge between sh20 and sh50 per jerrican.

Amid the acute water shortage, the city also faced a cholera outbreak that has been connected to the deteriorating hygiene practices caused by scarcity of the resource.

“We reassure all the city residents and consumers that every effort to ensure reasonable supply of water is put in place despite the challenges,” said Mr Vyakweli.