KENYA: A new plant will treat wastewater from Kodiaga prison in Kisumu

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KENYA: A new plant will treat wastewater from Kodiaga prison in Kisumu©singkam/Shutterstock

In Kenya, the government has announced the construction of a wastewater treatment plant in Kisumu County. Funded by the Water Sector Trust Fund, the new plant will treat wastewater from Kodiaga prison.

A new wastewater treatment plant will be built in Kisumu County, Kenya. The plant will be built near the Kodiaga prison in the west of the country. The plant will treat effluent from the detention centre. “The water that comes out of the plant will be free of impurities, safe and odourless, and can be discharged safely into the environment,” says the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) for Home Affairs and Coordination of the Kenyan national government, Winnie Guchu. Currently, wastewater from Kodiaga prison is disposed of through a sewage system.

According to the Kenyan authorities, work on the site will start in October 2021. The capacity of the future plant has not been disclosed. However, the treatment plant is expected to serve 10,000 people, including 7,000 residents of Kodiaga prison. The project will benefit another 3,000 people in Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest city after the capital Nairobi and Mombasa.

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The construction of the Kisumu wastewater treatment plant is expected to cost 40 million Kenyan shillings, more than $364,000. The Water Sector Trust Fund recently awarded a grant for the implementation of the sanitation project. The Kenyan government will contract Kisumu Water Supply and Sanitation Company (Kiwasco) to operate the new wastewater treatment plant.

The project is part of Kenya’s Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme. In this context, China Henan International Cooperation Group (Chico) is building and rehabilitating several other wastewater treatment facilities in the Kenyan cities of Kiambu and Ruaka.

Inès Magoum

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