Away with boreholes, we want water in taps!


If you spend a better part of your day in Nairobi’s Central Business District you must have noticed water dry up in the taps over the past few weeks at an alarming rate.

Those concerned tell us that it is not rationing but point out that “the CBD goes without water for four hours every night to ensure stable water levels at the Gigiri water plant.”

The Oxford dictionary says a ration is a fixed official allowance of food clothing (water) etc, in a time of shortage.  I and those at KPLC fully understand this meaning.

What I fail to understand is why there is an upsurge in the number of water bowsers in the city.  What I also fail to understand is why the government is passionate about supplying water from boreholes as opposed to taps in the year 2009.

Day in day out I hear government officials telling us they are drilling more and more boreholes.

I call that warped priorities.

We cannot claim to be aiming for Vision 2030 when we are drilling one borehole after another. I need water piped water.  Not borehole water brought to me in a truck!

I have asked before why it has become fashionable to own a water bowser these days.  Are there people engaged in private business at the expense of tax payers?

Why is it that when I fail to pay for my water on time, the chaps are quick to disconnect supply.  Why can’t the commodity be supplied to me 24/7?

For once those charged with service provision need to understand that they have a duty to the public.  We pay taxes and other rates to get uninterrupted utilities.

And it’s not just because we pay.  Every Kenyan should have access to clean water all year round.  The government has a moral obligation to provide us with basic services. Anything short means it lacks the mandate to govern.

We cannot be going through what we did during the corrupt regime of yester years. Something is definitely amiss and it needs to be fixed ASAP.

I suggest the following:  Anyone charged with providing us with essential services and has failed to do so, owes us a resignation.

I urge all Kenyans affected by this sloppiness to stand up and say NO!  We must demand action from those concerned in our own small ways.  Legal action is one option.  We can also refuse to pay for poor (or lack of) services.

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