Water Rationing In Nairobi Starts

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Residents fill jerry cans with water from a pipe in Nairobi's Kibera slum in March 2007.
Residents fill jerry cans with water from a pipe in Nairobi’s Kibera slum in March 2007.

The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company has today (Monday) started a water rationing programme that will last for the next four months until April 17th.

The firm has planned to reduce water supply by 16 percent due to low rainfall from 550,000 cubic meters per day to 462,000 cubic meters.

According to the Managing Director Philip Gichuki, the company will be rationing water supplied to all city households due to an acute water shortage occasioned by low water levels at Ndakaini dam, Muranga County.

The firm will review the situation every two weeks and keep the public notified of any changes.

“The long rains stopped in the first week of May 2016 as opposed to mid June. This means the recharge of the rivers has been poor and currently the flows are below normal affecting the recharge of the Ndakaini dam which is currently about 48 percent full,” the firm said earlier in a statement

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