Nairobi City Water announces rations due to decreased levels
By Vera Shawiza / October 11, 2017
The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company have stated that Water shortage in Nairobi County is far from getting back to normal attributing to decreased water levels at Ndakaini Dam.
According to Nairobi Water, water levels at Nadakaini Dam are currently down at 29.3 percent, and with that, water rationing that has been there will continue so as to ensure that the available water is sustained for a bit longer period.
Through a statement, the company warned that it will be unable to sustain normal supplies 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.
Mr Vyakweli reassured Nairobi residents and consumers that every effort to ensure a reasonable supply of water is put in place despite the challenges.
The County government began water rationing in January this year and the situation has not improved following erratic rainfall.
The Kenya Meteorological Department had predicted that the water crisis will reduce this month with the onset of the rains but the situation appears to be getting worse.
The National Government, through the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, promised to sink at least 40 boreholes across the city to help address the situation but ever since the promise, the work of sinking the boreholes has not begun.