Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company (KIWASCO) has issued a notice over water supply interruption in most parts of the lakeside city.
KIWASCO Managing Director Thomas Odongo says that this follows the drastic drop of water levels at the Kajulu water treatment plant.
According to Odongo, the delayed rainfalls have caused River Kibos to dry up.
“The River is drying up and anybody can see that. To that extent out production unit has dropped,” he said.
Odongo says this has seen irregular tap water supply in areas like Kanyamedha, Otonglo, Tiengre, Mamboleo, Kogony, Migosi, Lolwe, Kibos, Chiga among others.
He says that to rescue the situation, KIWASCO has increased water production at the Dunga intake which uses water from Lake Victoria.
Meanwhile residents and businesspeople are lamenting losses and disruption of activities following the water shortage.
Esther Kanyanga a hotel owner at Corner Mbuta cries that she has not been able to operate her hotel business over the past days and the business is full of losses.
“We have been going through a lot of hardships since Monday this week because I have not been able to operate my hotel. Water vendors have also hiked the prices of water and taking bath has been a problem too,” cried Kanyanga.
On the contrary, Peter Otiato who is a water vendor says that over the past days, his business has dropped drastically because they are unable to get the water to sell to the people.
“Over the past three days, sales have dropped because of water shortage. Per day I used to make roughly sh.700 but making even sh.200 is a problem now,” says Otiato.
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