“Thirsty Nairobi” – Dry Taps and High Prices Ahead!
Nairobi County might soon be facing a severe water shortage crisis, according to recent reports. The main catchment areas are experiencing low water levels due to inadequate rainfall in Kiambu and Murang’a counties, resulting in the dry taps of Nairobi.
“Turn Off The Taps!”
Margaret Maina, Managing Director of Limuru Water and Sewerage Company, explains why Nairobi residents should start to worry. “We might have to shut down our operations soon as the levels at Tigoni Dam have dropped significantly, and we can no longer extract water,” Maina stated. The water shortage is expected to hit Nairobi by the end of February 2023.
“Water Works” in Trouble
Ndakaini Dam in Murang’a County supplies 84% of Nairobi’s water, while the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company operates the dam and delivers 230,000 cubic meters of water per day to the capital city. However, if the rainy season doesn’t pick up, the dam might not be able to deliver the required amount as it’s currently at 56% capacity.
Tigoni Water Supply Project, in Limuru, Kiambu County, which used to supply 2000 cubic meters of water a day, is also facing depletion and can now only deliver 900 cubic meters.
“Price Hike” – A New Era of High Water Prices
The water woes come at a time when the government has increased water prices and implemented regulations for water vendors. The Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) recently announced that all water vendors must be licensed and sell water at recommended prices. The new regulations affect water kiosks, tankers, carts, water points, and private boreholes.
The new water levies are projected to increase water prices tenfold, with water charges rising from 50 cents to Ksh5 for every 1,000 liters of water sold to consumers. So, Nairobi residents, be prepared to quench your thirst with a hefty bill!