In Summary
  • The teams visited Lake Nakuru, the home of flamingos, whose water has been contaminated with raw sewage.
  • Continued pollution of the lake has led to massive migration of the flamingos.
  • A recent study showed that key rivers flowing into Lake Nakuru are also contaminated with chang’aa and other dangerous chemicals.

The World Bank has embarked on an ambitious plan to clean up two lakes in Nakuru County that have been heavily polluted.

The institution, in collaboration with the Nakuru County government, wants to end continued pollution of lakes Nakuru and Naivasha.

Through its Sanitation Technical Assistance Mission, the bank also intends to sensitise residents living around the lakes on the importance of preserving the water bodies.

People neighbouring the lakes have been on the spot over pollution.

RAW SEWAGE

On Thursday, the teams visited Lake Nakuru, the home of flamingos, whose water has been contaminated with raw sewage and poisonous chemicals.

The lake is located within Lake Nakuru National Park, a major attraction site for international and domestic tourists.

Continued pollution of the lake has led to massive migration of the flamingos.

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has vowed to end pollution of the two lakes.

“The existence of these two lakes, in very proximity to towns with huge and growing populations, is a threat to the delicate ecosystem,” Governor Kinyanjui said.

The county is also involving stakeholders to ensure business and human activities conducted in and around the lake do not affect them.

The county is also seeking development partners and private investors to fund the expansion of the sewer system in Naivasha and Nakuru towns.

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