Mukuru residents to open procuring water the utilization of tokens

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Monday August 16 2021

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A allotment of Mukuru kwa Reuben slum in Nairobi. One of the essential Millennium Pattern Targets is to eradicate outrageous poverty and hunger. Sub-Sahara Africa is but to fulfill the aim. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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By COLLINS OMULO

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  • Already, 10 stations that can utilise the machine were established at strategic beneficial properties across the sprawling informal settlement with Mukuru kwa Reuben residents space to be the first beneficiaries of the venture.
  • NMS Deputy Director for Water and Sanitation Stephen Githinji acknowledged the venture is aimed at making improvements to get admission to to natty water at cheap note to the low-earnings space residents.

Nairobi Metropolitan Products and services (NMS) and Nairobi Metropolis Water and Sewerage Firm are space to introduce a water token machine in Nairobi’s Mukuru slums that can perceive a 20-litre jerrican sell at 50 cents.

Already, 10 stations that can utilise the machine were established at strategic beneficial properties across the sprawling informal settlement with Mukuru kwa Reuben residents space to be the first beneficiaries of the venture.

NMS Deputy Director for Water and Sanitation Stephen Githinji acknowledged the venture is aimed at making improvements to get admission to to natty water at cheap note to the low-earnings space residents.

He acknowledged with the token machine, residents will appropriate pay for the amount of water they need.

Once the tokens were sold, they are swiped into machines at designated stations.

“The tokens are being offered at 50 cents per 20 liters. Once residents are given the chip, they’ll insert it into a tool on the water stations that can mechanically open the amount of water the resident requested for,” acknowledged Mr Githinji.

Nairobi has experienced water challenges for years and in 2017, water rationing programme started in town with slum dwellers bearing the heaviest burden of the disaster.

Water quiz in Nairobi has elevated to extra than 810,000 cubic meters each day against an build in production ability of 525,600 cubic meters each day, presenting a quiz gap of 284,400 cubic meters which keeps on increasing yearly.

Water vendors occupy cashed in on the disaster to sell water at exorbitant prices with a 20-litre jerrican going for between Sh20 and Sh50.

Mr Githinji acknowledged the unique venture will also minimize prolonged queues by residents to get water from water from boreholes and water bowsers provided by NMS.

The water stations are linked to Nairobi Water and NMS for far off monitoring and supervision.

“With the water token machine, we don’t need many of us to man the situation. Most efficient one officer will be to blame to aid the patrons,” he acknowledged.

Mukuru slum hosts almost half of a million of us and is divided into 5 areas — Kwa Njenga, Kwa Reuben, Fuata Nyayo, Pipeline and Viwandani.

The residents were making prolonged queues to get free water dispensed each day by NMS with a million litres of water provided across city informal settlements on daily basis the utilization of 42 water bowsers.

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