Water shortage crisis bites in Mombasa

Residents queue for water . PHOTO :file

A water shortage crisis has hit several neighborhoods in Mombasa.

A spot check by Baraka FM revealed that that the shortage is being experienced in areas in the western part of the county which include Miritini, Mikindani, Magongo, Chaani, Jomvu, Changamwe, and surrounding areas.

Last week, the Mombasa water and Sewerage Company announced that water shortage in the Western part of the county would be affected following a burst at Ndara area in the main Mzima pipeline.

The burst caused a large outflow of water according to video footage produced by the company.

However, in a statement released on Thursday last week, the company announced that repairs for the burst pipe had been completed.

“As per our distribution program, water is expected at 10.00am” The Company announced on Thursday morning.

However, a section of residents insist that the crisis was there way even before the pipeline burst.

“My taps have been dry for the past three weeks, the situation is tough” Lillian Oloo, a resident of Mikindani told Baraka FM.

On Thursday morning hundreds of Mikindani residents trooped around a Mombasa cement water tank that supplies fresh water to the residents.

“I woke up at 3.00am to queue for this supply of water and it’s not just today, the situation has been like that for the past three weeks,” A visibly exhausted Lillian told Baraka FM.

Early last month the Mombasa Water general manager  Juma Mwadzoho blamed the perennial water shortage incidents in the county on overreliance on external sources of water.