Kenya has plans to recycle waste water to help meet development needs, a government official said on Tuesday.
Richard Mwendandu, director for Multilateral Environments Agreements at the ministry of environment and forestry said that water has lately become scarce in the urban centers hence the need to consider recycling water for better use.
“There is less water in urban Kenya yet the country’s development agenda requires water,” Mwendandu said during a seminar on waste water treatment and hygiene management in Nairobi.
The official noted that Kenya is ready to embrace any innovative technology from the development partners that can help recycle the water for use.
He revealed that residents of Nairobi city are threatened from contracting waterborne diseases since 70 percent of the city does not have sewage lines.
“Due to population increase in the city, there has been increase of waste water that calls for measures towards development of waste water treatment and recycling methods,” he said.
Mwendandu attributed the waste water to the increase of malaria cases in the city adding that water serves as breeding ground for the malaria spreading mosquitoes.
He said that Kenya’s connection to sewer line has been slow due to cost of money that is required to implement the project.
“The work requires massive investment that includes proper planning and funds since the urban centres currently lacks space for expansion,” the official said.
Mwendandu cautioned that failure to invest in waste water recycling will mean that Kenya is unlikely to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The official added that Kenya is a water scarce country with over 80 percent of the total land area regarded as Arid and Semi Arid Land. Enditem