The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) on Wednesday announced that it would cut water supply on Uhuru Highway due to ongoing construction on the expressway. Several areas within Nairobi are set to go without water for 24 hours starting from 6:00 am on Thursday, April 14, to 6:00 am on Friday April 15th.The Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company said in a statement that the move will create the way for the interconnection of new and old water pipelines.
In that context, according to NCWSC, "the shutdown was to facilitate the interconnection of relocated new and old water pipelines on Uhuru Highway between the Haile Selassie Avenue and University Way junctions to enable the release of the road corridor to the expressway contractor." Just afterwards, the whole of City Centre, Ngara, Parklands, areas along Limuru Road, Aga Khan Hospital, University of Nairobi Parklands law campus and Mombasa road including South B and South C. Others areas that are likely to be affected are: University of Nairobi main campus, Coca Cola Factory, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, EPZ-Athi River and the whole of Industrial Area.
Equally, the affected are areas on Jogoo Road, including City Stadium, Maringo, Bahati, Buruburu and surrounding estates.
NCWSC Managing Director Nahashon Muguna appealed to affected customers to use available water sparingly as they work to restore supply. He as well noted that, last year alone, city residents had to endure at least seven water supply interruptions in February, May, June, July, September and December – all due to infrastructure upgrades. He echoed that, this is the third water disruption this year. Besides, approximately about 50 percent of Nairobi residents have direct access to piped water while the rest depend on water from kiosks, vendors, illegal connections or boreholes
Mr. Muguna said, "But even for those with direct access to piped water, only 40 per cent receive water 24 hours a day, with the rest for only 11 hours on average, therefore, we strongly advise our esteemed customers to reserve and use water sparingly before and during the period of interruption. Any inconvenience is highly regretted."
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