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Agony for motorists as car wash businesses shut

The measure comes barely two weeks after the firm started rationing water in the city from January 1. Photo/FRANCIS MBATHA.

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 14 – Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company has ordered all car wash service operators and vendors using treated water to immediately cease their operations as the city braces for a major shortage due to the drought situation in the country.

Managing Director Philip Gichuki cited the recent water distribution schedule and the Kenya Meteorological Department’s reports on recent weather patterns for drastic action.

“Due to the current status on water rationing schedule coupled with the meteorological department reports that are in public domain, the Nairobi Water Company orders all the unstructured road side carwash businesses to close shop forthwith,” Gichuki said in a statement.

He has also issued a warning of stern measures to be taken against operators and Car Wash owners who flout the order.

“This is aimed at water conservation as the vendors use treated water to wash vehicles which is prejudicial during this difficult time. Stringent measures will be taken against the car wash sites that contravene this order as well as the operators/owners,” Gichuki stated.

The measure comes barely two weeks after the firm started rationing water in the city from January 1.

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