Eldoret town is expected to experience an acute water shortage for at least the next one month.
According to public notice by Eldoret Water and Sanitation Company Limited (Eldowas), the water shortage in Eldoret is a result of the prolonged drought that the region is currently experiencing.
Eldowas Managing Director Peter Biwott said the drought has led to a drop in water levels at their dams, drastically reducing the company’s water production.
The water shortage in Eldoret is, however, expected to improve once the rains start.
“This is to inform our esteemed clients that due to prolonged drought, water levels at our dams have declined and the amount of water being processed and distributed drastically reduced,” read part of the notice signed by Biwott.
“Due to this, water shortages in Eldoret would be felt for March and April 2022 until the rainy season,” it added.
Eldowas’ clients will now experience further water rationing during the period.
“We apologize for any inconveniences caused by shortening of rationing schedule time,” noted the notice.
In a tweet addressing a similar issue, the Eldowas MD also blamed the degradation of water catchment areas as a contributing factor to the current situation.
He expressed hope that rains begin soon, and help restore water levels to normalcy at the dams they rely on for water production.
“Prolonged droughts drastically reduce the water supply in Eldoret town. @eldowasco we hope that the annual rains will begin soon. One of the causes include degradation of the catchment area due to, in part, economic activities,” Peter Biwott tweeted.
Most of the Eldowas water comes from the Chebara dam in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Already the company is facing a deficit of 18 million liters of water daily that it requires to supply in Eldoret town, and the drought has worsened the situation.
Under normal circumstances, Eldowas produces 43 million liters of water daily, against a demand of 60 million liters.