NMS Offers Free Service After Uhuru Directive

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  • Residents living in Nairobi informal settlements will now have access to free water after President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an order to the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS).  

    As part of his tour in the Nairobi Metropolis, the Head of State directed NMS boss Mohammed Badi to ensure that no resident is charged for water access in the 193 recently sunk boreholes within the different areas of the capital city.

    “We want every Nairobi resident to get the services they deserve. That is why NMS is providing this water free of charge,” Uhuru stated.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Kabiria Community Water Supply Project in Dagoretti South in Nairobi County.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Kabiria Community Water Supply Project in Dagoretti South in Nairobi County.
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    The sinking of boreholes is part of the Ksh1.7 billion project by the government aimed at providing water to Nairobi and its environs – primarily focused on the vulnerable communities.

    The project, implemented in partnership with Athi Water Works Development Agency in partnership with NMS, involves the drilling of 193 boreholes and the construction of 100 steel tanks within the capital city. 

    The president assured the residents that phase two implementation of the water supply initiative, implemented by NMS would connect water from central points to individual households.

    Referring to the Northern Water collector tunnel, he said that the project was near completion and gave an assurance that once complete, the tunnel would solve the water shortage menace that has faced Nairobians.

    The Northern Water Collector Tunnel is expected to supply approximately 140,000 cubic meters per day to Nairobi.

    In the past, members of the public have called upon the national and county government to ease the living conditions as the country still copes with the adverse effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    With thousands rendered jobless and their source of income affected as a result of the pandemic, the country’s GDP dropped.

    Some politicians have offered emergency programs that shield Kenyans from adverse effects that arose from the outbreak.

    “There are specific interventions and measures being solidified as we secure funding to the Nairobi Metropolitan Service to ensure public safety and the protection of livelihoods for the millions of Nairobians who are vulnerable at this time,” Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja stated in a past meeting. 

    Sakaja
    Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja
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