In Kenya, the central government has handed over eight vehicles to the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) for the collection and transportation of waste and faecal sludge. The vehicles are the first wave of 22 trucks that will be provided under the second phase of the Nairobi River Basin Rehabilitation and Restoration Programme (NaRSIP II) and the Kenya Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.
Kenya’s central government is improving sanitation services in Nairobi. On May 28th, 2021, the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) received eight vehicles, including three for sewerage emptying. According to the Kenyan authorities, NCWSC will receive an additional 12 vehicles for waste collection and transport as part of the Nairobi River Basin Rehabilitation and Restoration Programme (NaRSIP II) and the Kenya Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.
These programmes will be launched in 2019 and are expected to be completed in 2023. NaRSIP II aims to improve the sustainable management of Nairobi’s rivers (Nairobi, Ngong, Mathare, Kiu, Riara and Gatharaini) in order to support the regeneration of natural ecosystems, socio-economic activities and to strengthen people’s livelihoods. The programme will also build and rehabilitate 100 sanitary blocks in Nairobi’s slums.
NaRSIP II will build on the achievements of NaRSIP Phase I to increase sewerage coverage from the current 48% to 55% by 2023 and provide 12,000 new sewerage connections (households), serving over 400,000 people in Nairobi. NCWSC also plans to rehabilitate and expand the Dandora Estate sewage treatment plant, which has a capacity of 160,000 m3 per day. NaRSIP II also includes the construction of other facilities in Dandora, as well as the laying of a secondary reticulation sewer network, including sludge management infrastructure.
The Sustainable Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme in Kenya will contribute to improving the reliability of water and sanitation services, raising the overall level of public health in beneficiary towns, strengthening the operation and maintenance capacity of water service providers and improving the business conditions of water and sanitation service dependent enterprises. At least 17 cities are concerned by the programme, which involves the construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation facilities, including the extension of the network to informal settlements.