Water rationing in Nairobi to continue until 2020


In Summary

  • Rationing of water supply to Nairobi residents will go on for the next two years, CS Simon Chelugui has said.
  • Despite heavy rains and flooding in most parts of the country, water levels at Ndakaini remain low.
  • This, according to the CS, is insufficient as the capital still faces a huge deficit.

Rationing of water supply to Nairobi residents will go on for the next two years, Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has said.

Despite heavy rains and flooding in most parts of the country, water levels at Ndakaini Dam, the city’s main reservoir, remain at 34 million cubic metres.

This, according to the CS, is insufficient as the capital still faces a huge deficit and the situation may only improve if construction of the Northern Water Collector Tunnel project is complete.

“Nairobi requires a daily supply of 770 million litres. We are currently delivering 526,000mmeaning we have a shortfall of approximately 250m3,” he said.

He however said the ministry has set up programmes such as the Northern tunnel which is expected to supply 140 million litres daily.

He indicated that construction of the tunnel would be complete by the end of next year.

 

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