Quarterly Update Jan-March 2011: NAIROBI, KENYA

  • Three ACF-funded water kiosks are now selling water in the ACF project area of Nairobi’s slums. Customers would previously buy their water from mobile water vendors of questionable quality, charging 2-3 times the price it is now. A group of 60 water vendors are receiving training to improve their business performance, and concentrate on topics such as governance, impact of illegal connections, non revenue water, management and contractual obligations.
  • An initiative is also underway by CBOs, water vendors, village elders, NCWSC and provincial administration to legalise illegal water connections and also curb illegal pumping of water which reduces pressure thus preventing some vendors getting water.
  • A contractor has been selected for the construction of a 2.5km condominial sewer line and the pipe has been purchased by the utility NCWSC.
  • The construction of 3 ablution blocks is nearly complete and arrangements are being made by the utility to connect the facility to the water network.
  • Locations of 39 shared communal toilets (of 4 cubicles) have been mapped and consent given by the community members and the provincial administration. Procurement for a phased construction has begun in tandem with the condominial sewer construction. The first 5 units have been completed. Contractual arrangements between landlords and asset owners is in negotiation along with payment plans for O&M by community groups.

About Andy Narracott

Urban water and sanitation professional. Programme Coordinator for the USAID African Cities for the Future Programme.
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