Tuesday, April 18, 2023 – Nairobi Water has ordered all car wash businesses to have borehole to be allowed to operate.
Speaking this after several car wash businesses were shut down following a joint crackdown against piped water connections to the businesses, Nairobi Water Managing Director Engineer Nahashon Muguna maintained that no car wash will be allowed to operate in the country unless they have access to borehole water.
“Vehicles should be cleaned in petrol stations or make use of borehole water. Water is only available for consumption, not for cleaning vehicles,” he reiterated.
On Tuesday, April 18, the Ministry of Water, the Water Police Unit, and the Nairobi Water Company launched a door-to-door manhunt against city car wash kiosks after learning that they had illegally connected water.
Speaking on the matter, Muguna confirmed that the water supply to the car washes was disconnected.
He clarified that the government had banned the use of piped water in car wash businesses in a move to control wastage.
“We will disconnect all car washes with or without metered connections because we have a shortage of water in the city,” he stated.
He added that this operation would spread out to the rest of the country once normalcy is restored in the capital city.
“In Nairobi, we lose 44 per cent of the water we produce through such illegalities. The Water Police Unit will assist us that ensuring the implementation of the new policies,” Muguna reiterated.
During the sting Tuesday April 18 crackdown, several business owners and car wash attendants were nabbed in both Ngara and South B estates.
This is in line with the January 30 verdict to establish the Water Infrastructure Police Unit to curb vandalism of critical water infrastructure as well as non-revenue water across the country.