Nairobi governor Mike Sonko’s administration has intensified the war on illegal water connections in the city and is offering cash rewards to anyone with information about the culprits responsible for water diversion.

The governor’s team has since arrested 35 water vendors in Nairobi in the past one week due to illegal water connections.

The crackdown is being carried out by the county and the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company. NCWSC director Nahashon Muguna said the operation was carried out in all the 17 sub-counties in the capital.

“We will sustain the war on water cartels and those who are diverting piped water for their own personal use. We will also disconnect the illegal connections and arrest those responsible,” said Muguna.

The director further warned that car wash establishments will no longer be allowed to operate along the roads since most of them are illegally connected.

“I’m appealing to all Nairobi residents to apply for water connection and avoid using the cartels to get water through diversion which denies other residents the commodity even after paying for the services,” added Muguna.

Governor Mike Sonko is offering a Sh300,000 cash reward to anyone who will help the Nairobi City County Government identify those behind the water cartels, many of whom are accused of diverting the commodity to private vendors by disconnecting water pipes in Nairobi estates.

The County boss also offered a Sh10,000 cash reward for anyone who reports County officials who are colluding with the cartels to divert piped water for their own personal benefit.

“We are determined to identify and individuals behind the water cartels who divert piped water to private water vendors. It’s apparent that the water shortage being experienced in many parts of Nairobi is as a result of sabotage by these cartels whose days are now numbered. We will find them,” said the Governor.