On World Toilet Day, Nakuru County opened one of the world’s most cost-effective waste treatment sites in the world in partnership with the public water utility, Navaisha Water Sewerage and Sanitation Company (NAIVAWASS), and a private social enterprise Sanivation. The site, which will serve over 10,000 people, intakes fecal sludge and transforms it into briquettes that replace firewood.
This is critical on World Toilet Day, when over 80% of wastewater is dumped into the environment leading to significant pollution. It directly aligns with President Kenyatta’s pledge to have Kenya transition to 100% green energy by 2020. This comes after Kenya banned logging and charcoal production in March 2018 to curb deforestation.
CEC for Water and Sanitation Honorable Engineer Festus Ng’eno was the Guest of Honor, alongside Members of Parliament, country directors for water, sanitation, and public health officers. Their remarks echoed how this has grand implications for sanitation and the environment.
- “A healthy and green county, is a productive county and together Sanivation and NAIVAWASS are leading the way” -CEC for Water and Sanitation: Honorable Engineer Festus Ng’eno
- “Our partnership with Sanivation helps us extend water and sanitation services to all residents in Naivasha” -Managing Director, NAIVAWASS, Nahashom Wahome
- “The team has moved so quickly to build this structure and are helping us with our plans for growth” – NAIVAWASS Board Chairman, Mr. Frederick Maina
- “This treatment plant fits within the Presidents Big Four Agenda and all products from this facility should be zero rated” – MCA Hon. Karanja Mburu
Speakers at the event applauded Sanivation’s in depth work with the community and integrated approach to sanitation.
- “Sanivation is a great partner to assist in planning sanitation in Nakuru County and I am excited to continue our long beneficial relationship” –Mr. Samuel King’ori, Public Health Officer Nakuru
- “This plant fits within a larger sanitation strategy, being built by the county government” – Director of Water, Eng Johnson Kamau
- “Continuing to support Sanivation means continuing to reduce disease, improve the environment, and create jobs for our county” -Area MP for Naivasha Hon. Mama Jane Kihara