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Gov't announces free water supply to informal settlements

May 9, 2020
Collins Ogutu
for Chams Media Digital

Residents of Dandora Estate and other informal settlements in Nairobi are set to benefit from free water, the government has announced. The effort is aimed at increasing water supply in high population areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Principal Secretary Ministry of Water & Sanitation accompanied by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Major General Mohammed Badi said the Government will ensure that taps have a continuous supply of water.

“The clean water will be provided for free to all the residents and the water kiosks will be operated and managed by the organized Community-Based Organizations within the area." Said PS Irungu

Athi Water Works Development Agency

From left, Major General Mohammed Badi; DG Nairobi Metropolitan Services, Joseph Irungu; PS. Ministry of Water, Eng. Michael Thuita; CEO Athi Water Works Development Agency (AWWDA) and Eng. Joseph Kamau from AWWDA inspects one of the water projects in Mathare. PHOTO| CHAMS MEDIA

The Gitari Marigu Water Supply Project is one of the 20 boreholes and 51 elevated tanks being implemented by the Athi Water Works Development Agency as part of the interventions that will see additional water supply to the informal settlements.

The areas set to benefit from this initiative include Kibera, Mukuru, Kawangware, Kayole Soweto, Korogocho, Mathare, Kangemi, and Dandora.

The borehole which is producing 384,000 litres per day will serve 6,000 residents of that area.


Report by Elijah Mwangi.

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