NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Residents of the Kenyan capital
Nairobi will experience water rationing until late March when
the Long Rains are expected, executives of the city’s water
utility said on Tuesday.
Philip Gichuki, the Managing
Director of the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, said
the rationing that will be conducted at intervals was occasioned
by the escalating dry spell.
"In view of the declining water levels in our main
reservoirs, we have decided to roll out a rationing program that
will affect residential and industrial premises in Nairobi and
its environs," Gichuki said in a statement.
He revealed that Ndakaini Dam that provides 80 percent of
clean drinking water to Nairobi was operating below 50 percent
due to suppressed Long and Short Rains in 2016.
Kenya’s meteorological department and humanitarian agencies
in early December warned of a looming dry spell that may disrupt
water supply in cities and rural towns.
The Nairobi water utility currently supplies 546,000 cubic
meters of water daily to its customers against a demand of
760,000 cubic meters.
Gichuki said rapid population growth in Nairobi and its
satellite towns had exerted huge pressure on existing water
He said the city water utility had partnered with
multilateral donors to develop alternative water sources
including boreholes and rainwater harvesting.
"The existing surface water sources cannot sustain a rising
demand for the commodity in Nairobi hence the need to invest in
underground water exploitation, waste water recycling and
rainwater harvesting," Gichuki said.