By Kenfrey Kiberenge
Plans to construct a new water dam in Maragua, with work set to start in 2015, to supplement the existing dams are underway, the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) Managing Director Eng Philip Gichuki has said.
In the meantime, the revitalisation of the Ndaka-ini dam with a capacity of 70 million litres is also ongoing and will be completed in two years time.
He was speaking yesterday at the Standard Group Centre when he paid a courtesy call on Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Melly. Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Melly with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director Eng Philip Gichuki (left) at the Standard Group Centre on Tuesday. [Photo: Maxwell Agwanda/Standard]
Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Melly with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company Managing Director Eng Philip Gichuki (left) at the Standard Group Centre on Tuesday. [Photo: Maxwell Agwanda/Standard]
At the same time, he urged Nairobi residents to report illegal water connections, pipe leakages and sewer blockages to avoid loss of water or contamination.
Gichuki complained that the firm was losing a lot of water, 38 per cent as of last year, through illegal connections.
"We lose a lot of water through these illegal connections although we have seen a decline lately as more people are reporting to us," he said.
Gichuki noted that the leakages and blockages had been occasioned by mishandling of two lines by some city residents. "We are asking Nairobi residents to preserve way leaves for sewer and water pipes to allow us to manage these two lines properly. I want to urge people to from encroaching on sewer lines," he said.
He further cautioned against dumping waste material on top of manholes as well as vandalism of valve chambers, sewer lines and manholes, saying this has made it hard for the company to best manage the points.
On his part, Melly called on the Government to provide more funding to the water sub-sector saying the current infrastructure was designed to serve fewer people decades ago.