Nairobi Water Merchants Mint A Fortune As Taps Run Dry

A quick survey in the neighbouring Komarock estate established that water was available there while Kayole, Embakasi, Jacaranda and Donholm did not have water. Handcart pushers walked long distances to fetch the water and sell it to residents at Ksh. 25-50 for a 20-litre jerrican

By The Weekly Vision Online

Giant water tanker trucks and handcart water merchants with several 20-litre jerricans made roaring business in Nairobi’s Eastlands area after the water that comes through their taps twice a week, failed for the third consecutive week.

Baffled residents were seen running up and down to secure the scarce commodity as tankers who always seem to have water made a fortune discharging gallons of water into dry water drums in the estate last week.  Some of the angry residents accused top managers at the Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company of colluding with private water dealers to fleece residents saying other parts of Nairobi had water.

A quick survey in the neighbouring Komarock estate established that water was available there while Kayole, Embakasi, Jacaranda and Donholm did not have water. Handcart pushers walked long distances to fetch the water and sell it to residents at Ksh. 25-50 for a 20-litre jerrican.

Residents have further taken issue with Nairobi governor M/S Anne Kananu for unfairly denying residents the basic commodity saying ousted governor Mike Sonko used to supply free water using his trucks, the trucks were later confiscated by NTSA. They said the fleet of Sonko Rescue Trucks had become a major rescue avenue for residents some of who have no extra money to buy water from private vendors.

“Residents are supposed to get a steady flow of water after they take up tenancy having paid one month rent and deposit of similar amounts but this doesn’t happen” many complained.

Last week many people especially women and children endured the blazing heat in Nairobi to get water for washing and cooking with the busy Kayole Spine road becoming a beehive of activity as the acute water shortage entered the third week. Both NCC and Nairobi water were yet to explain the reason for the water shortage some have blamed on old pipes bursting due to poor maintenance.

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