Nairobi city council is on the wheels to handle water crisis as residents continue to endure biting water shortages, with some estates having gone on an extensive water rationing program.
Despite the start of the long rains this month, the situation is testing and residents are forced to dig deep into their pockets to buy water from vendors.
On Wednesday governor mike Sonko held a conclusive meeting with the management of the Nawasco board to deliberate on the direction which the county government will take to tackle the perennial pinch staggering the city dwellers especially the suburbs.
The company director Karen Nyamu assured the public that efforts are in place to restabilize the demand and supply curve marginally bending to the advantage of water vendors who occasionally have been accused of hiking the prices and operating on illegally taped connections
“NCWSC produces approximately 525,000 cubic meters of water daily against the demand of 790,000 cubic meters. With the support of the governor, we are working round the clock to ensure we deliver our best as we work on the northern collecting channel. The demand is constantly increasing with nearly 20000 cubic meters yearly, the connection and conveyance is our main priority.’ she said.
She further noted that some of the hard-hit estates are Lang’ata, Umoja, Githurai 44, Zimmerman, Umoja II langata and kayole where the company supplies close to 40 percent of the demand.
She rejected claims that residents were being charged even when they did not receive any water, saying that the only mandatory charge they impose is a disconnection fee of Sh1,000.