- Managing Director Mr Nahason Muguna emphasized the inability to exceed the installed production capacity, stating that the company has to continue rationing water.
Due to heavy rainfall, Nairobi County residents are bracing themselves for extended water rationing despite the recent overflow of dams across the country.
The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Ltd (NCWSC) has announced that water rationing will continue as the focus shifts towards treating the still limited water supply.
The NCWSC released a statement explaining that the county's treatment plants, with a maximum daily production capacity of 525.5 million litres, face a significant demand of 870 million litres.
Despite dams such as Kikuyu Springs, Ruiru, Sasuma, and Thika Dam overflowing, the treatment areas have an installed capacity that restricts the water supply.
As a result, the NCWSC emphasized that water rationing would continue in Nairobi, even with the recent heavy rainfall.
Managing Director Mr Nahason Muguna emphasized the inability to exceed the installed production capacity, stating that the company has to continue rationing water.
“Even with our dams overflowing, the water supply will remain constant. We cannot go beyond the installed production capacity. We have to continue rationing water in Nairobi despite the heavy rainfall,” he said.
However, the NCWSC assured residents that water distribution would follow the established program, ensuring that all customers receive water at least once weekly.
This measure aims to mitigate the impact of prolonged water rationing on the daily lives of Nairobi residents.
The NCWSC highlighted ongoing projects aimed at alleviating the water scarcity challenge. The Northern Collector Tunnel Phase 1 project, managed by the Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA), is set to be commissioned in March 2024.
This project will deliver an additional 140 million litres of water daily, relieving the water supply situation.
Additionally, AWWDA is working on the Karemenu Dam, which is expected to contribute 23 million litres of water daily, ensuring a three-times-a-week water supply for all customers.