Nairobi residents will have to brace themselves for a longer period of dry taps, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Limited (NCWSC) has warned.
In a notice, the city water company released an updated water distribution program set to guide residents on when to expect water in their region.
According to the notice, regions in Nairobi will receive water in different set days of the week.
“Customers are urged to immediately contact the customer care team in regional offices should you not receive water in your allotted days of supply,” the notice read in part.
The water scarcity has been linked to prolonged drought in the country.
NCWSC recently updated the Equitable Water Distribution Program. Customers are urged to immediately contact the customer care team in regional offices should you not receive water in your allotted days of supply. #ShareWidely pic.twitter.com/ge5auPdZrJ
— Nairobi Water (@NairobiWater) April 15, 2019
On Tuesday, the meteorological department noted that the much anticipated long rains will not be experienced this year.
The acting Deputy Director of Kenya Meteorological Department Bernard Chanzu blamed the failed rains on climate change.
“The bigger picture about prolonged dry spell which means a drought is foreseeable is growing increasingly clear,” said Chanzu.
According to the weatherman’s data, there will be no drop of rain in May, a month where rains pour in plenty to mark the climax of the long rains season.
Last week, the met department had indicated that the Kenyan rains are ‘stuck’ in Tanzania due to low pressure, and would come late.
“The seasonal rains are caused by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone but currently it hasn’t moved northwards. It is sitting in Tanzania, the high-pressure systems in the south have not strengthened to the point that they will push the ITCZ so there will just be a delay, but the rains will come towards the end of the month,” acting Kenya Meteorological Department director, Stella Aura told a local daily.
The revelations come as hunger continues to bite in 13 counties in the country.
On Wednesday, governors from the Eastern region led by Prof Kivuta Kibwana (Makueni)and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) appealed to the natiobal government to declare hunger a national disaster.
The most affected counties are Turkana Baringo, Wajir, Tana River, West Pokot, Tharaka Nithi, Samburu, Nyeri, Marsabit, Laikipia, Mandera, Lamu, Kitui, Kilifi, Isiolo, Garissa and Embu.