Panic as water shortage bites Naivasha village
Fears and anxiety has gripped thousands of flower farm workers living at one of the largest informal settlement of Kasarani in Naivasha following an acute water shortage that has hit the area for the last two weeks.
The workers and their families are now forced to consume raw water from the nearby lake Naivasha after electricity supply to two boreholes that supply the estate with water was disconnected by Kenya Power, due to an unpaid power bill amounting to Sh. 270,000.
Fears of a looming disease outbreak continues to build among the workers owing to the fact that the settlement was hit by a cholera outbreak late in 2017 that left a number of them dead.
The fears also come against the backdrop of disease outbreaks that have been reported across the country including cholera and Rift Valley Fever.
According to one of the area leaders, Simon Macharia, the residents have suffered since water supply to the estate was disconnected, adding that the lake water which the residents are consuming was unsafe as it was not treated.
One of the affected flower farm workers Jecinta Nafula said that water vendors had taken advantage of the crisis to hike water prices where a 20litres jerrican of water was going at Sh.30 up from Sh.7 making most of them go for the lake water as they could not afford.
This came even as the department of public health in Naivasha and Gilgil Sub-counties, put its officers on high alert, following the outbreak of cholera in a number of counties in the country and the fact that the areas were transit towns prone to the disease outbreaks.
By Esther Mwangi