Nairobi water supply restored after 2-day shutdown

August 2, 2013 2:46 pm
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The company said it was making all efforts to ensure equitable distribution and normal supply of water within the city/FILE
The company said it was making all efforts to ensure equitable distribution and normal supply of water within the city/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company has restored water supply in the Kenyan capital following completion of maintenance works at the Mwagu Intake and Ngethu Treatment Plant.

In a statement sent to newsrooms on Friday, the company said it was making all efforts to ensure equitable distribution and normal supply of water within the city.

“The resumption of water follows our earlier notice of supply interruption to certain parts of Nairobi City and estates necessitated by repair works at the Mwagu Intake and Ngethu Treatment Plant,” the statement explained.

“Works have been completed and water released onwards to the distribution network. We expect the flows to our esteemed customers to stabilize within a few hours in the distribution network.”

Eighty-five percent of Nairobi went without water as a result of repair works at the Water treatment plant.

“We want to thank our esteemed consumers for their patience and understanding during the interruption period and to assure them of our commitment to provide continuous service.”

However the company said, “Whilst every effort will be made to ensure equitable distribution and normal supply, we request all consumers to conserve and use water wisely.”

Some of the areas that were 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 adjacent estates.

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

Also affected were 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.

The shutdown of the plant was aimed at facilitating major repairs with a view of increasing water production for the County of Nairobi.

Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director Engineer Philip Gichuki said that the complete shutdown of the plant would facilitate repairs that would increase water production.

“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,” Gichuki said while he announced the water supply interruption.

Hospitals and institutions providing essential services were not affected during the shortage.

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