The County Government of Nairobi has partnered with the World Bank and the African Development to provide water to City residents.
On Saturday, Governor Mike Sonko said the County has rolled out a comprehensive plan that will ensure steady supply of water in the city.
The City has a deficit of 250,000 cubic meters of water.
Speaking in Utawala during the monthly clean-up, Sonko said the partnership will see the installation of a water pipeline from Kiambu County to supply water to Nairobi.
The water will be stored in a 14-million-litre tank in Embakasi Garrison barracks.
Some Sh2.7 billion has been set aside in the current budget for the environment, water and energy sector.
“We know that the water problem is a reality and that is why we are working with relevant partners to solve the issue,” Sonko said.
The completion of the Northern Water Collector Tunnel is expected to increase water supply to the City.
Sonko said the county has given Athi Water and Nairobi Water companies Sh50 million each to improve water supply within city estates.
The county government has also given Sh7 million each to the 85 wards in the county for water management services.
However, water rationing in parts of the city will go on.
This is because the water available is not enough.
“As rationing continues we will ensure no homestead is left without supply of water. Our county water tankers together with the Sonko Rescue Team tankers will be in every ward in Nairobi to give water to residents who have no constant supply of the commodity,” he added.
A major crackdown on cartels trying to divert tap water for commercial purposes has been launched in the county.
“We are putting the cartels on notice. We can’t allow this to go on,” Sonko said.
Sonko said sewer lines and all drainage systems in the county will be opened.
Mihango MCA Paul Kados said installation of the 14-million-litre water tank in Embakasi is a genius move noting that the area has been hardest hit by the water shortage.
The cleanup exercise was also attended by over 500 KDF soldiers from Embakasi barracks who will partner with the county in subsequent clean-up exercises.
Jamaican reggae sensation Jah Cure, who was also in attendance, hailed the ongoing efforts to involve youth in county government activities.
“I’m very happy to be here in Nairobi and I want to thank Governor Sonko for his clean-up initiative which is aimed at making Nairobi City cleaner,” said the reggae star.
The event is always held on the first Saturday of every month, and it is simultaneously held in all the 85 wards.
Saturday’s event marked one year since Sonko launched the monthly exercise.