Nairobi County Government has partnered with the World Bank and the African Development Bank to help reduce the 250,000 cubic meters water deficit in the city.
Speaking in Utawala area during the monthly clean-up exercise on Saturday, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko said the plan will ensure a steady supply of water in the city.
"The partnership will see the installation of a water pipeline from Kiambu County to supply water to Nairobi. The water will be stored in a 14-million-litre tank in Embakasi Garrison barracks," said the Nairobi Governor.
Sonko said Sh2.7 billion has been set aside in the current budget for the environment, water and energy sectors.
“We know that the water problem is a reality and that is why we are working with relevant partners to solve the issue,” said Sonko.
Sonko reiterated that the completion of the Northern Water Collector Tunnel will improve the capacity of water for Nairobi residents.
"We have given Athi Water and Nairobi Water companies Sh50 million each to improve water supply within city estates," added Sonko.
He further said that his government has allocated Sh7 million each to the 85 wards in the county for water management services.
He, however, said that water rationing in parts of the city will continue.
“As rationing continues, we will ensure no homestead is left without supply of water. Our county water tankers together with the Sonko Rescue Team tankers will be in every ward in Nairobi to give water to residents who have no constant supply of the commodity,” he added.
Sonko noted that a major crackdown will be held to weed out cartels trying to divert water noting that water cartels are making a killing out of this illegal trade.
Mihango MCA Paul Kados who graced the occasion said the installation of the 14-million-litre water tank in Embakasi was a good move noting that the area has been hardest hit by water scarcity.
“Our focus now is the water problem which I believe the county government will solve,” Kados said.
Jamaican reggae sensation Jah Cure, who was also in attendance, hailed the ongoing efforts to involve youth in county government activities.
“I am very happy to be here in Nairobi and I want to thank Governor Sonko for his clean-up initiative which is aimed at making Nairobi City cleaner,” said the reggae star.
The event is held on the first Saturday of every month across the city's 85 wards.