Nakuru County Leads with Inclusive Sanitation Strategy

Nakuru County in Kenya has set the stage for Local Governments in the region by launching the Nakuru Countywide Inclusive Sanitation Strategy. This in an achievement worth emulating for focused safe sanitation service delivery and achievement of country and SDG targets.

'The overall objective of the Nakuru Countywide Inclusive Sanitation Strategy and Investment Plan is to provide direction for the county to achieve its vision of providing universal access to safe and sustainable sanitation to the entire county population by 2030. The Investment Plan will put special emphasis on implementing a service delivery model covering the entire sanitation value chain including containment, collection, transportation, treatment and disposal or reuse of waste (full sanitation service chain). The Plan will also focus on application of innovative, rights based, integrated and multi-sectoral approaches to sanitation improvement at all levels.

The Strategy applies to the entire county from rural to urban areas including peri-urban, planned and informal settlements. It includes all aspects of safe sanitation including offsite and on-site sanitation, wastewater and feacal sludge management, resource recovery and integrated drainage and solid waste management.'

Nakuru County is one of the counties in Kenya with fast growing populations, urban centres and robust economies. This growth continues to exert pressure on already overstretched social infrastructure and services such as water, housing, sanitation and healthcare. It is worth noting that only 29.7 percent and 21 percent of the urban and rural populations respectively use improved sanitation facilities, with sewerage coverage estimated at a measly 3.4 percent. A significant proportion of the population in Nakuru County estimated at about 1.8 percent still defecates in the open. This situation is exacerbated by inadequate water supply, limited solid waste management and drainage management systems especially in the low income, informal and unplanned urban settlements. The consequence of these shocking statistics is reflected in the poor health status of the people and the degraded environment. Unfortunately water and sanitation related diseases such as diarrhea and cholera continue to pose a great challenge to the county. It is estimated that Nakuru county loses about KES 978 million per year due to poor sanitation.

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