Water short­age rocks Mwingi

“At a time like this, even the price of bot­tled water shoots. The 500-milil­itre bot­tle, which nor­mally goes for Sh20, now costs about Sh50’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - LYDIA NGOOLO @mauiSy­imi

Mwingi res­i­dents have ap­pealed to the gov­ern­ment to solve the cur­rent water short­age, which has seen many rely on con­tam­i­nated water from River Tyaa.

They fear for their lives, as the water could cause ail­ments be­cause waste from Mwingi mar­ket is dumped in the river. The res­i­dents say de­spite the con­tam­i­na­tion, they still have to buy the water be­cause it is the only op­tion they have.

The short­age has seen the cost of a 20-litre con­tainer rise from Sh5 to Sh50 in the past three weeks. Water ven­dors have taken ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion to reap big.

Res­i­dent Julius Mwanzia said from Au­gust, there has never been a steady water sup­ply. He termed it for­tu­nate that schools have closed, as chil­dren would go to school with­out bathing.

“At a time like this, even the price of bot­tled water shoots. The 500-milil­itre bot­tle, which nor­mally goes for Sh20, now costs about Sh50,” Mwanzia said. “Ven­dors want the prob­lem to con­tinue so they can shame­lessly con­tinue sell­ing at ex­or­bi­tant prices.”

But Ki­ambere-Mwingi Water Sup­ply Com­pany MD Paul Kinumba said the short­age has ex­isted for two days due to power out­age.

RES­I­DENTS RELY ON DIRTY WATER, WHICH IS THE ONLY OP­TION THEY HAVE

/LYDIA NGOOLO

Mwingi res­i­dents draw water from a shal­low well on Tues­day even­ing. The town has been hit by water short­age

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