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February 26, 2018

Water rationed in Eldoret, locals fear diseases

Residents drawing water from a tank in Eldoret yesterday
Residents drawing water from a tank in Eldoret yesterday

An acute water shortage has hit most parts of Eldoret sparking fears of a disease outbreak.

 Residential areas including Kapsoya, Munyaka and Huruma have not had water for the last four days.

Eldoret Water Company CEO Jimmy Kemboi said the firm is rationing water because of the shortage.

“We have water shortage because we lack enough sources. We have stepped up effort to increase production,” he said.



Kemboi said the town requires more than 50 cubic metres of water daily, but the company has only 36,000 cubic metres.

“We have opted to ration water and serve all residents in phases. The rationing will go on for some time until the situation improves,” Kemboi said.

The firm is working on new projects that will increase water supply from next year.

The national government and the county government are also working on Sh1.5 billion water projects to boost supply. 

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has allocated Sh1.5 billion for water in Uasin Gishu in this year’s budget. 


Christmas ruined

“Water is one of my priorities. There will be a lot of improvement in water supply once we complete the projects we are working on,” he told the Star on Friday

Residents have been forced to buy water from supermarkets.

“We urge the county government and the water company to do everything possible to improve water supply,” a Chamber of Commerce official Charles Mose said.

He said many residents are now living in fear of diseases. Last month, locals complained that lack of water  hurt their Christmas celebrations.  

Water shortage has been a recurrent problem in the town. Eldoret water Company officials said their is an increased demand because all consumers are using the main pipeline.


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