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Water scarcity hits Kitengela

By Abdi Hussein

Despite the hue and cry of Kitengela residents over water scarcity and the national government promise to start supplying water from Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company to the town and its environs, access to clean water remains a nightmare.

The national government allocated Sh30 million to supply the populous town with clean water and county government allocated Sh 20 million to set up eight modern water kiosks.

The kiosks were set up but water is still not supplied.

In a day barely one hundred households fetch the water which sells at Sh3 for a 20 litre jerrican.

“Getting water is a big challenge in this town. The water available is too little to quench our thirst. The situation is getting worse day after day,” said Elias Munyere, a resident.

The county department of water and sanitation stopped the sole fresh clean water supplier- the Export Processing Zone (EPZA), which used to buy water from Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company selling to members of the public and water vendors from the business, further worsening the situation.

Kajiado County Executive Committee Member Michael Semera has declined to comment over the matter.

Recent statistics indicate boreholes within the town only provide 5,000 cubic litres of water per day against the required minimum of 30,000 cubic litres.

Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company, Olkejuado Water and Sewerage Company in collaboration with Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company have been mandated to run the water provision services

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