World Bank to help Nakuru County address water, sanitation challenges

The County Government of Nakuru has partnered with the World Bank to address perennial water supply, sanitation, and hygiene challenges facing the county.

The World Bank will offer financial and technical assistance through innovative approaches, a key milestone as the County gears up to becoming a City.

A high level Sanitation Technical Assistance Mission from the World Bank is in Nakuru on a fact finding mission an evaluate the project’s feasibility and costs.

Research has shown that improved sanitation leads to lower disease burden, better environment as well as economic and social gains.

The team has toured 11 sub-counties, including the Giotto Dump Site and the Lake Niavasha.

Nakuru County Water and Sanitation director Mr Johnson Kamau with the Sanitation Technical Assistance Mission team from the World Bank at the Lake Nakuru National Park

Today, the team toured Lake Nakuru National Park that’s facing serious pollution challenges from communities around and industrial waste.

Ms Lewnida Sara, a rural sanitation expert said World Bank would also help the county address clean water shortage and general hygiene for the county residents.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui, in a speech read on his behalf by County Director of Water and Sanitation Engineer Johnson Kamau, said the growing urban population and proximity to lakes was a threat to the ecosystem.

He said the county would work with other stakeholders and partners to address pollution issues in Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru.

“We are also considering the establishment of an independent body to manage our critical water resources,” the governor added.

Senior Park Warden Mr Samuel Tokore said increased pollution of Lake Nakuru National Park had led to death of animals at the park.

He said due to its fragile ecosystem and unique natural environment, the salt-water lake was the first in the country to receive recognition as a Ramsar Site.

A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental environmental treaty established in 1971 by UNESCO, and coming into force in 1975.

It provides for national action and international cooperation regarding the conservation of wetlands, and wise sustainable use of their resources.

Mr Tokore said most pollution comes from the Giotto dumpsite at London Estate as well as from communities living along River Njoro.

At the same time, the county is rehabilitating Gioto dumpsite, which was established over 20 years ago.

“For long, the dumpsite has been an eyesore to users of the Nakuru-Kabarak road. It is now a danger to drivers,” said Governor Lee while launching the initiative late last year.

He said the move was a stop-gap measure as the county sourced for an alternative land to relocate the dumpsite from Ravine Road.

Efforts to transfer the dumpsite during the Kinuthia Mbugua administration hit a snag due to lack of investors and goodwill.

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