Water rationing in Nairobi to continue, firm says

A water vendor in Kaloleni, Nairobi. photo | dennis onsongo
A water vendor in Kaloleni, Nairobi. photo | dennis onsongo 

There is no respite in sight for Nairobi County's over 4 million residents as water rationing is set to continue despite the rainy season.

This was confirmed by Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company board chair Raphael Nzomo, who says the main source for the city has not received sufficient water.

“The water level at Ndakaini Dam which is our main water supplier is still only at 33 per cent but we were hoping that it could reach its previous levels. If it continues this way we will probably reach the 50 per cent mark which is only sufficient to take us through to September when we expect the next rains,” said Mr Nzomo on Tuesday.

City residents have had to buy expensive water from vendors since January this year after failure of short rains in December left water levels at the Muranga County dam at an all time low.

It was projected that this would come to an end by April when the country was expected to receive heavy rainfall, but now that has changed.

“We had announced last month that residents would start receiving normal supply by April but this has not happened as the rains have been erratic,” Mr Nzomo said, while encouraging city dwellers to conserve sufficient water.

Last month, the national government and Nairobi County had announced an ambitious Sh200 million plan to sink 40 boreholes to mitigate the water crisis in the city although the fruits of the project are yet to be seen.

At the same time, Nairobi County Water Executive Engineer Peter Kimori said the devolved unit had identified three possible solutions to generate more water - digging wells around Ruai, drilling large high-yielding boreholes and collection and storage flood water during the rainy season.