Water rationing here to stay - Nairobi Water

A man pushes moves about the Street of Nairobi with his Cart selling water. Nairobi County has been experiencing Water problem following the water rationing Initiative by Nairobi water./FILE
A man pushes moves about the Street of Nairobi with his Cart selling water. Nairobi County has been experiencing Water problem following the water rationing Initiative by Nairobi water./FILE

The water rationing programme for Nairobi residents will continue, Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company has said.

Head of corporate affairs Mbaruku Vyakweli on Monday said due to the prevailing dry season, the rationing programme will be maintained as it has been.

Vyakweli, however, dismissed fears that the rationing is likely to be rampant.

He said rationing has always been there and there should be no cause for alarm as the current levels of water at Ndakaini Dam, though not enough, can push the city till next month when long rains are expected.

"Currently we have about 68.5 per cent water levels at Ndakaini and we anticipate some short rains this month so that should be enough to push us for a few days," he said.

Mbaruku said in January the levels had already dropped to 73.9 per cent compared to December when the levels were at 78.3 per cent.

NWSC supply's the city with 505,000 cubic metres of water a day, against a demand of 760,000 cubic metres a day.

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This comes as weatherman warned Kenyans to brace for harsh sunny weather which will persist this week, with temperatures hitting 30 degrees in Nairobi and up to 38 degrees in Mandera.

Kenya Meteorological Department acting director Stella Aura in the one week forecast said some parts of the South Rift, South Coast and the South Eastern lowlands may receive some rainfall during the next five days.

The weatherman also warned against wildfires in areas with dry vegetation and strong winds like Lodwar and Marsabit.

"There will be poor visibility in dusty areas where the temperatures are high like the coastal counties and arid and semi-arid areas like the Wajir and Garissa," it said.

The sun is expected to set in Nairobi at 6.52 pm, 6.43pm in Mombasa and 6.58pm in Kisumu.

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