Low rainfall leads to Water rationing in Nairobi

Low rainfall leads to Water rationing in Nairobi

Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company has announced water rationing starting today, Monday until April 2017.

According to the Managing Director Philip Gichuki, the company will be rationing water supplied to all city households due to an acute water shortage occasioned by low water levels at Ndakaini dam, Muranga County.

In a notice issued on the 26th of December, Ndakaini dam, which is the main water supplier to Nairobi residents is only 48 per cent full due to poor rains.

Gichuki also indicated that the country only experienced 250mm of rainfall since October last year, contrary to their expectation the dams would be filled during the short rains.

Ndakaini dam and Chania River which supply 85 percent of the water in Nairobi currently hold 33 million cubic meters of water compared to its 70 million cubic meter capacity.

Residents in various city estates will now have to go without water for one to two days each week as the company reduces water supply by 13% to cope with the supply shortfall.

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