NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Several towns across Kenya, including the
capital Nairobi, are facing an acute water shortage
following a prolonged dry spell in the East African
has been facing water supply challenges, especially in
Nairobi, where residents for years have had water
rationed, the dry spell has worsened the situation as
the crisis spread to towns that never had the problem.
towns include Nairobi, Nakuru, Kakamega, Mombasa,
Kericho, Migori, Bungoma, Murang’a and Eldoret.
Some of the
residents in the towns have not received water through
their taps for months, and resort to buying from vendors
at exorbitant prices.
of Kenya last received rains in October 2017, and this
followed an erratic rainy season between March and May
in that year, according to the Meteorological
African nation has experienced the erratic rains for the
past three years due to the effects of climate change
that have not only affected water supply but also food
time I received water through my tap was six month ago,”
John Kuloba, a resident of Donholm on the east of
Nairobi said Monday.
“I have been buying water from
vendors for domestic use and it is really expensive,” he
the Nairobi water company released a schedule and his
area is supposed to be getting water every Saturday.
has never happened in the larger Donholm. Some areas
located on the lower part get water but not us.
"I buy 20
litres of water at 0.30 dollars, which is expensive
considering that I have a family of four,” he said.
a resident of Kahawa in Nairobi, shared the same
predicament, noting that he is spending huge sums of
money on water.
container is being sold at between 0.20 dollars and 0.50
"The price goes up at the weekend when demand
rises since most people are usually at home.
"This is a
huge crisis that we pray for the rains to come soon,” he
Services Board, which manages water resources in various
urban areas, notes 75 percent of Nairobi residents do
not get regular supply of piped water.
town, one of the regions where residents never had water
shortage, is currently gripped in a major water crisis,
with residents going for weeks without the crucial
The level of
water in Isiukhu, a major river where water is tapped
and treated before it is supplied to the over 30,000
residents ,has hit an all-time low.
first time since I started staying in Kakamega some 20
years ago, we receive water once a week, and it only
comes for a few hours.
"For the rest of the weeks, we
have to buy the commodity where a 20 litre can is being
sold at 0.20 dollars,” said Doris Injendi, a resident.
is compounded by the fact that several rivers where a
majority of residents used to turn to for their water
supply have dried.
“We used to
draw water from a nearby river but it dried last year in
November, and it is not only here, even in other places
in the county, streams have dried,” she said.
Kericho and Mombasa, residents are buying 20 litres of
water at an average of 0.30 dollars as the crisis bites.
scarce in Nakuru and the surrounding areas.
"You have to
buy at a high price from vendors who are doing a booming
business yet you are not even assured of the quality and
the source,” said resident Steven Kamau on Monday.
the main source of water for Nairobi, taps have run dry
for the last two weeks as rivers too dry up. Residents
said it is the first time rivers have dried and they
have faced a water crisis in their adult lives.
have blamed the water crisis on climate change that has
seen rains disappear, destruction of forests, poor
management of the resource and a bulging population.
brought this problem on itself because little has been
done to protect forests and other water catchment areas.
"Destruction of forests is going on unabated even as the
country faces a major crisis.
"We cannot destroy forests
and expect rains,” said Henry Wandera, an economics
noted that regions like Murang’a and Kericho, which host
many rivers and forests never used to suffer water
shortages, but the fact that they have been hit shows
how dire the situation is.
Kiyiapi, a professor of environment and former principal
secretary in the government, blamed the water shortage
on destruction of forests, including the Mau, the
biggest water catchment area in Kenya.
noted that Kenya is a water scarce country, therefore
the government must integrate water and forestry
“We can only
have water on our taps if we engage in massive
reforestation and afforestation in mountain and hill
areas at county and national levels.
"We should take the
re-greening Kenya agenda to a new level, allocate funds
for about 10-20 years for positive results,” he noted on
his Twitter handle, where the issue has been a hot
debate in the last two weeks.
social media were unanimous that the East African nation
is caught in the current predicament due to
politicization of environment and water conservation
“If you fly
over the Mau Forest, you will be shocked by the wanton
destruction yet you cannot evict people doing the mess
because you will face a political backlash.
government must stand up and act,” said David Mugoli on
Kenya to host African
Climate Week in April
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will in April host the inaugural
Africa Climate Week to explore new mechanisms to
revitalize the continent’s green agenda, organizers said
Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
which will organize the five-day event said it will
inject vitality into Africa’s quest for low-carbon
“To meet the
goals of the Paris Agreement, we need to scale up global
climate action and ambition across sectors, public and
private,” said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of
Climate Week can be an important means to drive that
action and ambition,” she added.
representing governments, corporations, academia and
civil society will participate in the summit that will
be held against a backdrop of global efforts to cut down
on greenhouse gas emissions that are to blame for global
said the first climate week to be held on the African
soil will rally stakeholders to support market-based
approaches to reduce carbon emissions in line with the
Paris climate agreement of 2015.
Kenya scientists warning of 'intense heat and much less
"We cannot destroy forests and expect rains” - Henry