In Summary
  • Mr Sonko also offered a Sh10, 000 cash reward for anyone who reports City Hall officials caught colluding with the ‘cartels’ to divert piped water from Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company.

  • Nairobi County has been experiencing water rationing since April 2017 with the huge difference in demand and supply being blamed on an inadequate water infrastructure.

Nairobi County government has launched a crackdown on ‘cartels’ blamed for perennial water shortages experienced within the capital.

The crackdown has seen Governor Mike Sonko announce a Sh300, 000 cash reward for anyone who will help his administration identify those behind the alleged water cartels, many of them accused of diverting the commodity to private vendors by disconnecting water pipes in Nairobi estates.

Mr Sonko also offered a Sh10, 000 cash reward for anyone who reports City Hall officials caught colluding with the ‘cartels’ to divert piped water from Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NSWSC).

“We are determined to identify and arrest these water cartels who divert piped water to private water vendors. It is apparent that the water shortage being experienced in many parts of Nairobi is as a result of sabotage by these cartels whose days are now numbered. We will find them,” said Mr Sonko on Sunday.

SUPPLY SHORTAGE

Nairobi County has been experiencing water rationing since April 2017 with the huge difference in demand and supply being blamed on an inadequate water infrastructure.

This has been occasioned by demand outstripping supply as NSWSC can only produce a maximum of 526, 000 cubic meters of water daily against a demand of 790, 000 cubic meters.

Mr Sonko said that this demand is estimated to be increasing by 20,000 cubic meters per year in the county.

To address the huge imbalance, he said that the county together with the national government and the World Bank are working to complete the construction of phase I of the northern collector tunnel which will supply 140,000 cubic meters of water to Nairobi.

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