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Nairobi Water to clamp down on car washing sites in residential areas

The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company (NWSC) is considering the temporary closure of car-washing sites in residential areas in a bid to regulate the usage of the precious commodity.

NWSC Managing Director Engineer Nahashon Muguna also explained residents will have to limit the use of water.

He said that the company will collaborate with the recently launched Water Police Unit (WPU) to curb the loss of water.

“No car washing because we have scarcity of water. Car washing is supposed to be done in petrol stations or authorized stations that is according to the laws of this county,” Eng Muguna said while appearing before the committee of the National Assembly.

The director observed other countries dealing with water shortages have criminalized watering grasses in the compound.

“If you have been following water issues all over the world, a time like now, it is even criminalized to water your grass in the compound. The water available is only for drinking, for saving lives and animals.”

The county is also carrying out an operation targeting illegal water connections, he said.

“If you are stealing water, we must remove it. We don’t need to announce it. We don’t need to announce that we are coming to remove it. That is an exercise that we are dealing with on daily basis.”

His remarks come on the day the county announced water interruption along Mombasa Road to allow interconnection of relocated pipeline to the old pipeline at the Junction/North Airport.

The areas to be affected are Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Athi River Export Processing Zone (EPZ), Coca-Cola, Mukuru, Imara Daima, estates and industries along North Airport Road, and Embakasi village, Tassia estate, General Services Unit, and Administration Police Training schools and Nairobi Inland Container depot.

Also, industries along Masai road and adjacent areas will be affected.

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