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Water shortage hits Nairobi ahead of Nairobi International Trade Fair

By Sammy Waweru September 19th, 2023 2 min read

The preparations for the 2023 Nairobi International Trade Fair (Agricultural Society of Kenya – ASK) have resulted in water shortages in most estates across Nairobi.

The agricultural trade fair set for the Jamhuri Showground in Nairobi will commence on September 25, 2023, and will be officially opened by President William Ruto.

Nairobi residents report that water supplies are being redirected to the showground.

“We have been experiencing water shortages for the past month, and we are informed that this is due to the ongoing preparations for the ASK Show,” stated Joseph Mwangi, a residential plot owner in Zimmerman, Nairobi, in an interview with Nairobi News.

Other affected areas grappling with water rationing include Githurai, Kasarani, Mwiki, Kahawa West, Kayole, Kariobangi, Mathare, Kibra, Lang’ata, among others.

Most suburbs in the county receive their water supply from the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company.

However, the city’s water supply company has not issued any statement regarding the shortage, leaving residents to seek alternative sources at higher costs.

“The water distribution was abruptly halted without any prior notice,” lamented Mr James Mwangi, a landlord in Githurai.

Residents are now compelled to rely on water vendors, especially those who supply using carts (mkokoteni), where a 20-liter jerry can cost as high as Sh70.

“With the rising cost of living, we feel the burden of purchasing a commodity for which we already pay through our house rent,” expressed Daisy Kinyua, a Zimmerman resident.

The Nairobi ASK Show is a seven-day event scheduled to run until October 1.

Water being directed to the Jamhuri Showground in Nairobi is primarily used to nurture the plants and crops that will be on display.

According to the organizers, the agricultural and business forum has attracted over 350 exhibitors, both local and international, who have confirmed their attendance.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to participate in this annual event.​

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