I wonder how many of you convert significant quantities of drinking water for bathing.
Back to my experience, so I used 1.5 litres of bottled water to freshen up. Now
Mombasa last week was quite
hot-and so was .
Therefore one really needed quite a dip to freshen up. Nairobi
So I did something similar to a bath and rushed to my appointment. At the tail end of the appointment I mentioned to my host how scarcity water is a serious issue in
That comment opened the taps to the following story. My host, a relatively well
informed Mombasan, said: Mombasa
“Demand for water in
is 18 million litres a day. Currently, its capacity is only 5 million litres a
day, which is less than a third of the total demand. To make matter worse, even
this quantity never reaches the town.” Mombasa
Much of the water distribution system to
is old and rotten. This means that
even this little quantity of water also gets lost on the way due to leakages.
In Effect, about three or four million litres of water reach Mombasa every day. That is a drop in the
My source continued. It is not all gloom for the city. The old system is now being replaced so that even the little quantity produced reaches the consumers. After that the authorities will have to work on expanding the supply to meet demand. That, my host said, is the reason why there is a major shortage of water in the city. The old pipes are being ripped off and being replaced with new ones.
My efforts to raise the coast water Authority for comment were fruitless. However, this is a business opportunity crying for investors. Mombasa is crying for a PPP in the water and sewerage sector. Any takers out there? see http://eaers.blogspot.com/2012/03/Africa-high-return-ppp-market-of.html