Nairobi Water and Sanitation company has cut off water in the Nairobi Central Business District.
This is after water pipes leading into the city were damaged by ongoing construction works of the Nairobi Expressway.
“Water supply to the entire CBD has been shut down due to a pipe damage by the Express Way Contractor. The line has been shut to pave way for repairs.
“Bear with us as we work to restore supply in the shortest time possible,” Nairobi Water said in a statement on April 21, 2021.
The incident has prompted further complaints of water leakages experienced in various parts of Nairobi.
Irate netizens questioned Nairobi Water’s alleged reluctance to rectify the water shortage and leakages previously reported to them.
“Shimo La Tewa road is still a flowing river. Your crew dug up the leaking pipe and left. Going on 3 months now,” a concerned Kenyan posed.
“What happened in Eastleigh Section 3 Mwisho’s pipe. It’s a month now we don’t see water running in our taps?” One Abdullahi Hassan asked.
The agency apologized for inconveniences caused by the damage, taking into account the huge demand for water within the CBD.
The Nairobi Expressway which starts at Mlolongo will link the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and Westlands Nairobi.
As of March 31, the road was 30 percent complete, with Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) revealing that the road was on track meet the deadline.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia previously stated that the Nairobi Expressway is expected to enhance Nairobi’s economic competitiveness and consolidate Kenya’s leading position as an investment destination in the region.
The road will also serve to decongest city roads which have been marred by the traffic menace