Water supply to majority of households in Nairobi county is about to be disrupted for hours after the City’s main water treatment plant was shut .
Nairobi waters announced on Friday that a minimum of 85 per cent of estates and commercial centres in Nairobi will experience water shortage for several hours.
The firm said the interruption was because one of the treatment facilities experienced an operational glitch due to the continued heavy rainfall.
“Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company Ltd has today pack up production at Ng’ethu treatment works, which serves 85 per cent of Nairobi City County population thanks to heavy downpour of rainfall (79mm) within the Aberdare Ranges – our main catchment basin ,” a press release read partially .
The water firm explained that this has seen increased river flow causing very high turbidity within the raw water flowing with soil deposits linked to landslide upstream.
“This has necessitated the closing of the Ng’ethu water treatment plant to avoid transmission of water which doesn’t meet the world Health Organization standards, which we ascribe to. water system within the city is predicted to resume by 6pm today (May 1),” the statement continued.
The entire city center (UoN main campus, Industrial Area, Coca Cola factory, JKIA, EPZ-Athi River, among others) are a number of the areas listed for interruption.
South B, South C and other neighbourhoods along Mombasa Road, Mathare, Eastleigh, Airforce Base, Huruma, Kariobangi, Pangani, Maringo, Buruburu and Bahati also will be affected.
Other estates along Jogoo Road, Baba Dogo, Dandora, Umoja, Donholm, Fedha, Tassia, Embakasi and other areas along Outering Road also will go without water.
The other estates to experience water shortage include Kangundo Road, Ruai, Kayole, Komarock, Njiru, Kenya Breweries, Kenyatta University, Kahawa Barracks and Sukari estates, Kasarani, Mwiki, Garden Estate and Thome Estate on Thika Road.
Estates along Limuru Road and Parklands area, including Ngara, Aga Khan Hospital, City Park, Gigiri, Muthaiga, among others also will be affected.
The water company said Nairobi county is now counting on water from Sasumua, Kikuyu Springs and Ruiru dams, which only supply 15 per cent of the whole city.
“More or less, the entire of Nairobi City County and its environs will experience water system interruption,” said Nairobi watercompany .
The firm added that Ng’ethu water works is meant to treat water efficiently with water of less turbidity. However, the raw water flowing into the treatment plant has failed to respond to chemicals used for treatment and solutions are being sought to make sure the treatment process is operationalised and normalised.