Water cartels swim in money

Water vendors are making a killing supplying the precious commodity to thousands of individuals and businesses in Nairobi that have been hit by a shortage amid a persistent drought that has reduced water levels in dams.
While some city estates are used to the daily sight of water bowsers and handcarts full of mostly 20-litre jerrycans zipping by, other estates that ordinarily have sufficient piped water are only getting used to it in owing to the shortage.
This comes at a time water levels in Thika dam, Murang’a, Sasumua dam in Nyandarua and Ruiru dam – the sources of Nairobi’s piped water – have significantly dropped due to the ongoing drought.
This has reduced available water for pumping by the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), which has cut supply to numerous estates.
Tenants are also shifting houses to rental properties that have a borehole in a bid to avoid high water prices that have exerted a huge burden on households. Some parts of Buruburu, Fedha, Donholm, Lang’ata, Ongata Rongai, Kitengela, Nyayo and Kayole estates are grappling with cuts in water supply. This has also hit businesses as well as institutions such as hospitals and schools. “We have not had water from our taps for more than two weeks now,” said a resident in Buruburu Phase Two. A resident of Nyayo estate said her water supply was cut on Sunday, the first time in months.
Peter Mwangi, who lives in Donholm, said water vendors are making a killing after the area was recently hit by the water shortage. Vendors, who are mostly supplying water drawn from boreholes, are selling 20-litre jerrycans of water for between Sh15 and Sh100.
“The vendors are making a lot of money because at the moment everyone living in this area is looking for water. Our taps have run dry for days,” he said. “The price of the water depends on the apartment floor that a customer lives.”
NCWSC Managing Director Nahashon Muguna did not reveal the extent of the water shortage in the capital and how the company plans to address the shortage.
“Which particular estates?” he asked when queried by Nation about the city estates that have run out of water.
Thanks to the drought, some rivers that fill the crucial water dams have virtually dried up even as others discharge volumes that are only a fraction of their normal capacity.
The dry conditions are worsened by the failure of the short rains between October and December last year, leading to lower water volumes being collected in catchment areas. Further, the Kenya Meteorological Department says the expected long rains between March and May will be normal to below normal, which could see the water scarcity last longer.
Kenyans could also be forced to pay more for electricity should the government shut down one of its major dams due to low water levels. Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir early this month said water levels at Masinga dam have declined by up to 60 per cent due to prolonged dry weather, affecting hydro-electricity generation in the country.

This Muguna guy should be kicked out of NCWSC, doing nothing while getting a salary.

In our area… What the cartels have done is…

The’ve tapped into city council main supply… By digging under… And installing huge pipes… Then wana weka booster pumps after every kilometer…

Then they link the boosted pipped water directly to our apartment’s Water reservoir…

Then wana lipisha landlord ksh. 300 per month per house… And we have unlimited water supply
. No meter… Just a standard fee.

This cartel have over 150 apartments… They are supplying…

Our apartment has 15 units x 300 = ksh. 4500 x 150 apartments - ksh. 675,000. (they collect per month on average)


They should be reported to the police. Their illegal activities are denying surrounding residents water. Kenya will only develop when every citizen does the right thing.

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Rem they are kartel doing Abraham Work with a blessing from the county itself.
Hata zile choo za kanjo huezi pata nafasi ya ku zi run juu zina wenyewe

Deforestation, diversion of rivers into farms, and all those ills should be addressed fully. I watched the other day as some government official addressing some gathering declared that people will be allowed to farm in the forest. Folks have said that even when Gachagua recommended the same back in 2022, the intention was good. But is it? Mkenya vile unamjua akipewa nafasi ya kuchota 2kg tin ya mahindi kwa granary anachota yote anaenda nayo na kuchoma granary - afadhali familia yake inone peke yake than mtu mwingine apate hata nusu tin!

We are just a bad decision away from turning into a desert.

Heh wueh