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Nairobi’s CBD and surrounding areas to face two-day water shortage

By Hilary Kimuyu October 11th, 2023 2 min read

Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) and numerous neighboring areas are bracing for a temporary water shortage due to scheduled maintenance and repair work on the Ngethu Water Treatment Plant.

The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company issued a notice announcing the planned water disruption on Wednesday, October 11.

The interruption in water supply will commence on Thursday, October 12, starting at 6 a.m., and will last until Friday, October 13, with service expected to resume around 12 p.m.

During this time, residents in these areas are encouraged to use water sparingly to ensure a consistent supply once operations are back to normal.

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The Ngethu Water Treatment Plant is a significant water supplier to Nairobi, catering to approximately 85% of the city’s residents.

“There is a major leakage on the raw water pipeline between Matara Raw Water Chamber and Ngethu Water Treatment Plant, which will necessitate a complete shutdown of Ngethu Water Treatment Plant,” reads the statement in part.

The maintenance work is part of a broader effort to prepare for the anticipated El Niño phenomenon during the upcoming October 2023 short rains. Scheduled maintenance at the Kiambu reservoir is also on the agenda.

“Whilst every effort will be made to restore the water supply as soon as possible, we request all customers in the affected areas to use water sparingly during the period of interruption,” read part of the notice.

The affected areas encompass a large portion of Nairobi and its environs.

In the CBD, residents and businesses will be affected. Additionally, the University of Nairobi main campus, the Coca-Cola Factory, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), EPZ-Athi River, Mlolongo area, Gatundu, Kiambu towns, areas along Mombasa Road, including South B and South C, and neighborhoods such as Embakasi Area are all set to face water shortages.

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Industrial Areas and places along Juja Road, such as Mlango Kubwa, Mathare, Eastleigh Airforce Base, Huruma, Kariobangi, Pangani, and Eastleigh, will also be impacted.

Moreover, estates along James Gichuru Road, Langata Road, Waiyaki Way, Riverside, Westlands, Lavington, Kilimani, and Kileleshwa will experience a reduction in water supply.

Other affected areas include Madaraka, Karen, Lang’ata, Kibra, and adjacent neighborhoods along Lang’ata Road. Along Jogoo Road, the shortages will affect areas like Maringo, Buru Buru, and surrounding estates.

Along Outer-ring Road, it includes Baba Dogo, Dandora, Dandora KCC factory, Umoja Estate 1 and 2, Donholm, Fedha, Tassia, Avenue Park, and Nyayo Embakasi.

Residents along Kangundo Road in places like Ruai, Kayole, Komarock estate, Mwiki, and Njiru will also be experiencing water shortages.

Lastly, on Thika Road, residents in Kenya Breweries, Kenyatta University, Kahawa Barracks, Kasarani, Mwiki, Kahawa Sukari, Garden Estate, and Thome Estate will have limited access to water.

Also estates along Limuru Road include Parklands, Ngara, Aga Khan Hospital, University of Nairobi – School of Law and City Park Area, Gigiri, United Nations – Gigiri, Muthaiga.

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