Water supply to the Nairobi Central Business District and its environs will be shut down from 6;am today until tomorrow morning.
According to Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company ( NCWC) , the disruption is meant to pave the way for the construction of the ExpressWay.
“This will facilitate interconnection of the relocated new and old water pipelines on Uhuru Highway between Haile Selassie Avenue and Bunyala road junctions with Uhuru highway to enable the release of the road corridor to the Expressway road contractor,” said Company’s Managing Director Nahashon Muguna.
Areas that will be affected include the whole of City Centre, South B, South C, and other areas along Mombasa Road.
Others are the University of Nairobi main campus, Coca Cola Factory, JKIA, EPZ-Athi River, Industrial Area, and areas along Jogoo Road.
Nairobi Water says the shutting down of the water supply will facilitate the interconnection of the new and old pipelines to enable the release of the road corridor to the contractor.
“We appeal to our customers for indulgence and also urge them to use available water sparingly as we work towards restoring the supply. Any inconvenience is highly regretted,” said Muguna.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary (CS) James Macharia stated that the Express Way will be ready by February 2022.
It was initially announced that the Expressway would be ready by September 2022 but the Government urged the constructor to deliver it early to ease traffic snarl-up.
“We requested the Ministry of Interior to offer security to the contractor to ensure smooth operations on a 24-hour basis. We are glad they are working in shifts that will see the road completed before schedule,” the CS stated during an inspection.
On Saturday, July 10, Macharia announced that the Ksh63 billion road was 60 percent complete, noting that the China Roads and Bridges Company (CRBC) was working 24 hours daily.