Water crisis has hit Narok town and its environs following low power voltage to run the pump in the water treatment plant.
Following the shortage, residents and traders within the town have been forced to dig deeper into their pockets or travel longer distances in search for water.
A walk through Majengo estate revealed a struggle for water as residents gather as early as 4am at a water point managed by Water Services Trust Fund to fetch the commodity.
Mercy Wanjiku, a resident of Majengo estate narrated how she had to leave her house before dawn to queue for water as she cannot afford buying it from hawkers.
A jerry can of water goes for Sh.20 and for me to get enough water for my family; I require around five jerry cans per day as I have a young child. I am now forced to rise early to carry water, she said.
Felix Njuguna, a water vendor, said his business had thrived for the last one week as he made over 30 trips every day.
I leave my house as early as 3am and come back at 10pm. I supply the people of Majengo, London and Lenana estates with water, he said.
The Narok Water and Sewerage Company (NARWASCO) Technical Manager, Eng. Davis Tarakash confirmed that the crisis was due to low power voltage to run the water machines at the water plant.
He however, said they were working round the clock to ensure the problem was fixed and that the residents continue enjoying enough of clean water.
Meanwhile, the Water Engineer cautioned residents against buying water from water boozers that do not have a sticker from his office to show they have met the required standards to distribute clean water.
According to the Narok County 2013, Development Plan, the Town’s population was 51, 245 and was expected to grow to 56, 296 by the end of this year.
Last year, Japan International Cooperation Agencies (JICA) completed an implementation of a mega water project in the town that has a capacity to serve over 40, 000 people.
Source: Kenya News Agency