In Summary
  • In Bondeni and Rhonda estates, residents said they had lived with the burst sewers for as long they could remember, despite promises from every new batch of leaders.
  • Raw sewage laced with dangerous poisons from the Gioto dumpsite are washed into the rundown sewer lines, endangering humans and the environment.
  • In their short-term plans, authorities have stationed various collecting points within the town centre and were also working closely with the private collectors to ensure the town is clean.

Nakuru Town sits on a health time bomb as blocked sewer lines continue to spew their contents onto the streets in residential areas .

Despite assurances from the county health department that it had finally contained the cholera outbreak that ravaged the town a few weeks ago, a spot check reveals that bust sewers, heaps of uncollected garbage and dirty water have become synonymous with Nakuru and its surroundings, raising fears of disease outbreaks and environmental degradation. 

In Bondeni and Rhonda estates, residents said they had lived with the burst sewers for as long they could remember, despite promises from every new batch of leaders.

“They always sing the same tune about rehabilitating the outdated sewage system to minimise sewer bursts as part of waste management mechanism. So far they haven’t delivered the promises” said Mr Jackson Wanderi, a resident of Bondeni.

Raw sewage laced with dangerous poisons from the Gioto dumpsite are washed into the rundown sewer lines, endangering humans and the environment.

Environment activist and blogger James Wakibia said the leaking sewer pipes in Nakuru suburbs had become a common sight.

He attributed the recent cholera outbreak that left 22 Nakuru residents dead to failure to collect refuse regularly.

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