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Nairobi is set to receive regular supply of water after governor Sonko inspected of the Ndakaini Dam. He noted that the number of dams ought to have increased over the years but it never happened.

“According to the Nairobi Water master plan, a new dam ought to be constructed every 10 years. In the period from 1994 to date, no new dam has been constructed and no new source has been developed, This means that we have gone for 24 years without developing any new water reservoir for the city, yet the population has continued to rise over the same period. This has created a big deficit in water supply,” governor Sonko highlighted.

He said that due to the increase in water levels at the dam, Nairobi residents who have been experiencing rationing will now receive daily as opposed to the four times a week that has since become the norm.

Governor Sonko said that the county might revert to the rationing of water once the water levels go down and asked Nairobi residents to enjoy the improved services while they lasted.

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Mike Sonko said that the process of improving the water shortage by building three additional dams to improve the supply of water in the county, He said that the dam construction project would be a partnership between the National government and the county government.

“To solve the city’s water problem over the medium term, and as a result of the cooperation between the National Government and the Nairobi City County Government, three additional dams are now at various stages of implementation. By December next year the Northern Collector Tunnel will be completed and will inject an additional 140,000 m3/day to the water supply. In 2026, we expect the three additional dams to be completed, which will fully meet the water demand of the city,” the governor said in a statement on his social media page.

The Nairobi county government has instructed the Nairobi Water and Sewerage company to put up water kiosks at the newly commissioned boreholes and also to reduce the cost of water to Sh.20 per jerrican.

Here is the new schedule for receiving water in Nairobi county:

Estates along Juja Road, Mathare, Mlango Kubwa, Huruma, among others, that have been receiving water four days a week will henceforth receive water every day.  Survey of Kenya, Mathare North, TRM, Safari Park and Zimmerman that have been getting water on Mondays only will now receive water for three days a week i.e. Saturday to Monday. Thindigua and Runda that have been getting water on Monday and Tuesday will now receive water every day. Central Business District that used to get water from Monday to Thursday will also now receive water every day. Lucky Summer and Dandora will receive water on Monday as well, in addition to its usual supply of Tuesday to Thursday. Kayole, Komarock and Harambee will also benefit from additional 12 hours of water supply.
All other areas will receive improved pressures

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