Ka­ji­ado braces for thirsty days as dry spell per­sists

Business Daily (Kenya) - - COUNTY BUSINESS - Doreen Wainainah dwainainah@ke.na­tion­media.com

KA­JI­ADO | Taps are ex­pected to run dry in parts of Ka­ji­ado fol­low­ing a wa­ter ra­tioning an­nounce­ment by the Oloolaiser Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany.

“Fol­low­ing the ad­verse ef­fects on the wa­ter sup­ply sit­u­a­tion due to the pro­longed drought the com­pany has put in place a wa­ter dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram to en­sure that the avail­able wa­ter is eq­ui­tably dis­trib­uted to all cus­tomers,” said the mes­sage to res­i­dents of Ka­ji­ado North sub county.

The se­vere short­age will see res­i­dents lim­ited to as lit­tle as a five-hour sup­ply of wa­ter once a week with some ar­eas not be­ing served com­pletely.

The short­age is a re­sult of the dwin­dling wa­ter lev­els in Mba­gathi River, a key sup­plier

The short­age is a re­sult of the dwin­dling wa­ter lev­els in Mba­gathi River, a key sup­plier.

The county gov­ern­ment will, how­ever, sup­ply wa­ter to kiosks across the town on more reg­u­lar in­ter­vals in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon. This will al­low res­i­dents to buy safe wa­ter at the kiosks.

The Oloolaiser Wa­ter and Sew­er­age Com­pany, wholly owned by the Ka­ji­ado county gov­ern­ment, pro­vides wa­ter within Ka­ji­ado North and West sub-coun­ties.

Wa­ter and Ir­ri­ga­tion prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Fred Se­gor said the coun­try cur­rently has 124 mil­lion cu­bic litres of wa­ter against the re­quired 3.5 bil­lion cu­bic litres. He said there are plans to meet the deficit in the next 10 years.

The project is ex­pected to cost the gov­ern­ment an es­ti­mated Sh100 bil­lion an­nu­ally over the next decade.

The County of Ka­jiodo is also ex­pected to be a ben­e­fi­ciary of the Sh8 bil­lion World Bank and na­tional gov­ern­ment-funded Re­gional Pas­toral Liveli­hoods Re­silience Project.

The Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Author­ity (NDMA) said 3.4 mil­lion Kenyans risk star­va­tion — be­cause of drought — in the com­ing months and will re­quire hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance.

The agency said in a re­port that as­sessed the im­pact of the 2017 March-may long rains in arid and semi-arid (Asal) coun­ties that the fig­ure rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from the 2.6 mil­lion iden­ti­fied by the 2016 short rains sur­vey re­leased in Fe­bru­ary.

The wa­ter short­age has hit all cor­ners of the coun­try in­clud­ing Nairobi County.

Ndakaini Dam wa­ter lev­els have failed to meet the needs of the res­i­dents forc­ing them to seek costly al­ter­na­tives.

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PRO­GRAMME Wa­ter prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary Fred Se­gor

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