Nairobi to face water shutdown

July 25, 2013 8:55 am
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The firm's Managing Director Eng Philip Gichuki said the complete shutdown of the plant will facilitate repairs to increasing water production/XINHUA FILE
The firm’s Managing Director Eng Philip Gichuki said the complete shutdown of the plant will facilitate repairs to increasing water production/XINHUA FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – Eighty-five percent of Nairobi will go without water on Thursday and Friday next week as a result of repair works at the Ngethu Water treatment plant.

Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) Managing Director Engineer Philip Gichuki said on Thursday that the complete shutdown of the plant will facilitate repairs that will increase water production.

Speaking during a press briefing, he stated that it will include the rehabilitation of the Mwagu intake and modifications at the inlet of the plant.

“Eighty-Five percent of the water we get in Nairobi comes from the Ngethu treatment plant and its shutdown will certainly affect almost the entire city and that is why we are raising this issue early enough so that the residents can start preparing for that,” he said.

He however indicated that hospitals and institutions providing essential services will not be affected.

“Fifteen percent of our supply will come to the city and we will be directing this water to the essential service centres like the Kenyatta National Hospital. It will continue getting its water. The same will also apply for the Nairobi Hospital, schools and other critical installations,” he said.

He stated that every effort will be made to restore normal supply and urged residents to use available water sparingly.

“The storage reservoirs that we have within the city have a capacity of less than one day and thus are not adequate to provide an alternative source of water. That is why we are asking the residents to work with us and we will be able to supply the water.”

“I would urge the residents to store water within this period so that they are not taken advantage of by the water vendors within the city. We still have some bore holes within the city that we will be able to utilize to address those pressing needs,” he stated.

Some of the areas to be affected include the city centre, University of Nairobi main campus, Coca Cola factory, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and even areas on Mombasa road like South B, South C and the adjacent estates.

Others include Juja road, Mlango Kubwa, Mathare, Eastleigh Airforce Base, Huruma, Kariobangi, Pangani and Jogoo Road.

Also to be affected will be areas on Outer-Ring road, Thika Road, the whole of Karen, Naivasha Road, Limuru Road, Parklands, State House Road, Kilimani, Kileleshwa, Riverside Drive and Lavington.

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