Nairobi is set to have its water supply interrupted and hit with a two-day shortage of the commodity.
In a statement dated Wednesday, October 14, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) announced that the shortage would be as a result of a shutdown of the Ng’ethu Water Treatment Plant from Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 6 a.m to Friday, October 16 at 6 a.m.
We'd like to inform our esteem customers that there will be shutdown of the Ng’ethu Water Treatment Plant from Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 6.00am to Friday, October 16, 2020 at 6.00pm. We regret any inconveniences caused. #StaySafe #spreadwidely pic.twitter.com/kRNObqcd5Y
— Nairobi Water (@NairobiWater) October 14, 2020
“This will facilitate major repair/ and maintenance works at Mwagu water intake along Chania River from where we abstract raw water to the water treatment works in preparation of the coming short rains,” read the notice from the water company.
A huge number of areas expected to be hit with water shortage include the whole of City Centre, University of Nairobi Main Campus, Coca Cola Factory, JKIA, EPZ – Athi River, areas along Mombasa Road, South B, South C as well as the whole of Industrial area.
Estates along Juja Road, Mlango Kubwa, the whole of Mathare, Eastleigh Airforce, Huruma, Kariobangi, Pangani, the whole of Eastleigh will also be affected by the maintenance.
Areas along Jogoo Road, Maringo, Buruburu and the surrounding estates, Bahati and Estates along Outer- ring Road, Baba Dogo, Dandora, Dandora KCC factory, Umoja, Donholm, Fedha, Tassia, Avenue Park, Nyayo Embakasi.
Along Kangundo Road, residents in Ruai, Kayole, Komarock Estate, Njiru will also experience a water shortage.
Places along Thika Road, Kenya Breweries, Kenyatta University, Kahawa Barracks, Kasarani, Mwiki, Garden and Thome Estates.
Areas along Limuru Road; Parklands, Ngara Area, Aga Khan Hospital, University of Nairobi- school of business and City Park area, Gigiri, United Nations – Gigiri, Muthaiga.
Areas along Lang’ata and Ngong Road, Karen, Kawangware, estates in Lang’ata, Riruta, Kibera and parts of Westlands.
Areas along Naivasha and Kikuyu Roads including Waithaka and Dagoretti will also have their water supply interrupted.
NCWSC assured Nairobi residents that all efforts will be made to restore the supply of water and advised residents to use water sparingly.
In such situations, Kenyans prepare themselves by fetching water into jerricans and other storage facilities for drinking and domestic use.
Jerricans are especially common in a majority of Nairobi houses because of their huge storage volumes and ease of access even from indoors.
A common reminder is to close all water taps after use as not only does this waste millions of litres of water but also could lead to flooding on resumption of normal water supply.