Independent experts to assess dam viability
The dam has degenerated into a sewer following years of neglect by Nairobi County Government who are the current owners.
The government will engage an independent dam expert to carry out a study on safety and economic viability of Nairobi Dam. Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko told Parliament the multi-agency technical team is in the process of procuring a dam expert for the task ahead of demolition of properties near the water point.The dam neighbouring the controversial Seefar Apartments was constructed in 1946 by the British Government and has degenerated into a sewer following years of neglect by Nairobi County Government who are the current owners.
“The technical committee resolved to engage a dam expert to carry out the study since two of the key members of the multi-agency technical team — Water Resources Authority (WRA) and the National Environment Management Authority (Nema)- are interested parties in this issue,” Mr Tobiko said.The dam expert will provide maps showing residents and investments that are at risk should Nairobi dam break and recommend the best way of protecting themThis is in addition to a detailed analysis on the economic value of the dam and recommendations on its existence.