Several parts of Nairobi are currently experiencing a disruption in their water supply. This situation arose after a water pipe located along the UN venue in Gigiri burst.
The burst has had a significant impact on the primary water pipeline, which runs from the Gigiri Pumping Station to the Kabete Pumping Station.
Areas affected by this disruption include Westlands, Kangemi, Kawangware, Dagoreti, Lavington, Kilimani, Kileleshwa, Upperhill, Lang’ata, Karen, Ngong’ Road, Kibra, and surrounding regions.
The Nairobi Water and Sewerage Company Limited released a statement on Thursday, attributing the burst to road construction works. The road contractor, engaged by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority for the UN Avenue road dualling project, accidentally damaged the DN 700MM water pipe.
The burst occurred along the UN venue, near the Rubis petrol station, and is situated within the proposed new road corridor. It resulted from a disturbance caused by the contractor on the anchor block, leading to the detachment of two joints and a major leak.
Technicians are already on-site, working to repair the damaged water pipe and restore water supply to the affected customers.
The incident has caused the loss of a substantial volume of water, disrupted water supply in Western, Southern, and parts of the central region, inconvenienced residents, and the potential for property damage, according to the NCWSC.
The NCWSC assured that their technicians are diligently addressing the leak in a safe manner and striving to promptly restore the water supply. In the meantime, they are redirecting water to an alternative line to provide temporary supply.
The company expressed its regret for the inconvenience caused by the burst and requested customers’ patience as technicians work around the clock to resolve the issue.