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Nairobi taps run dry as water firm shuts for repairs

Nairobi residents are bracing for two days of dry taps following the shutdown of one of the city’s major water treatment plants for repairs.

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) announced on Wednesday that it will shut down its main treatment plant from today morning to allow for maintenance and switch it back on Friday evening.

The Ngethu water treatment plant located in Thika draws water from Ndakaini dam and supplies about 85 per cent of Nairobi Water’s 280,000 customers.


The other 15 per cent supply is sourced from a smaller facility in Kabete.

“Whilst every effort will be made to restore the supply of water a soon as possible, we request customers in the affected areas to use water sparingly during the period of interruption,” said the Nairobi Water managing director Phillip Gichuki in a notice to consumers.

Some of the main customers to be affected by the shutdown include the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Athi River’s Export Processing Zone and the entire Industrial Area.

Residents of South C, South B, Pangani, Kahawa Wendani, Ruai, Donholm, Buruburu, Kariobangi, Eastleigh and Mathare are among city dwellers who will also be without water for at least 36 hours.