Nairobi County is set distribute more than 1000 water tanks with the capacity of 10,000 litres to the 85 wards in the city to help provide solutions to the frequent water shortage.
The Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko said that the initiative, dubbed the Ward Based Water Project, will enable him fulfill his promise of ending the perennial water scarcity in Nairobi.
The Governor revealed that in the 2019/2020 financial year, the County Government will drill three boreholes in each of Nairobi’s major slums of Kibera, Mathare, Mukuru Kwa Reuben, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Fuata Nyayo, Mariguini, and Korogocho among other residential settlements in the city for the same objective.
“I want to assure city residents who reside in estates which are still facing water problems that we are working with the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company to ensure that we end cases of water diversion that have largely been blamed for water problems in the city,” The Governor said in his office on Thursday .
Sonko said that the County government has already achieved 4,468 new water connections in Nairobi.
The Nairobi County Water Chief Officer, Mohamed Abdi has welcomed Sonko’s water-for-all campaign, which he says will help to resolve the perennial cases of water shortage in the capital.
“We have already advertised for drilling of 20 boreholes across the county, the tender is at the evaluation stage. The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company will also award tenders for drilling of 12 other boreholes in Nairobi,” he said.
The chief officer has also promised that the Nairobi City County Government will connect 5,500 new sewer lines in conjunction with the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.
By Tonny Ngala