Nairobi is on the right track in terms of achieving optimum levels in water connectivity and high sanitation levels.
High Court advocate Karen Nyamu says that the measures put in place by the county government and the Nairobi Water Company will lead to full realization of safe, clean and reliable water flow in the city estates.
Nyamu is a board member at the Nairobi Water Company while talking live on Hot 96’s morning talk show the county has this year put enough resources to help reduce the water deficit in the county.
The county set aside Sh 2.7 billion for the environment water and sewerage infrastructure in the current financial year. From this amount, Sh 362 million will cater for water resources management.
“We are having a water deficit of around 250,000 cubic meters from and the programs rolled out will see this deficit go down,” Karen said.
The County is also working on a multimillion water pipeline project project from Kabete to Nairobi’s South C estate that will Kick off in February next year and will take 10 months to be complete.
Necessary designs for the works are almost complete and that the county has already secured enough funds to finance it.
The project starts at Kabete, passes through James Gichuru, the Sothern By Pass before being reserved in the storage tank at South C.
The water from the project will be enough to fill the deficit in Lang’ata and Kibra Sub Counties.The sub counties will also benefit from the ongoing borehole projects launched this year.
The County government has also kicked of the Kiambu-Embakasi water pipeline that will be stored in a 14-Million litres water tank in Embakasi Garrison Barracks.
The project also funded by the World Bank and the African Development Bank and will supply the same equivalent of 14 million litres on a daily basis.
The County government gave Athi Water and Nairobi Water Sh 50 million each to spearhead water supply initiatives in all the 17 sub counties.
The County Government has also renewed its efforts to crackdown on water cartels engaging in illegal water supply.
The war on illegal water disconnections has seen Sh 12,907,647 recovered as penalties and Sh 3,199,000 as court fines at the Nairobi’s City Court.
The County Government launched a major crackdown on water cartels early last year, leading to 1834 illegal water disconnections 232 prosecutions and 893 connections having been regularized.
“We Shall continue with this disconnections until the cartels are eliminated. Of course the best way to deal with cartels is to ensure we meet and exceed the demand of water in the city,” Karen said