Nakuru County Pioneers Inclusive Sanitation to Improve Urban Well-being

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The Department of Water, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources in Nakuru County convened a meeting to address the critical issue of sanitation and discuss the implementation of City Wide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS). The CWIS initiative aims to provide safe, equitable, and sustainable sanitation services for urban residents, with a particular focus on the needs of vulnerable populations, including the poor, marginalized communities, women, and girls.

The Kenya Market-Based Sanitation Program (KMBS), led by Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) on behalf of the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation (MOWSI), is actively working to enhance sanitation systems and markets in six Kenyan cities, with Nakuru leading the way. The success of this program hinges on several key factors, including political commitment, strong technical and managerial leadership, and sustainable funding.

Nakuru County Secretary, Dr. Samuel Mwaura, emphasized the administration’s unwavering commitment to ensuring that all residents have access to adequate sanitation services while also prioritizing the safe management of human waste to protect both the environment and public health.

The meeting saw the participation of key officials, including County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) Dr. Nelson Maara (Environment), Iribe Njogu (Finance), and Jacqueline Osoro (Health), as well as Chief Officer for Water and Sanitation, Engineer Margaret Kinyanjui, Director of Water, Johnson Kamau, Managing Director of NAWASSCO, James Ng’ang’a, WSUP Manager, Eden Mati, and other stakeholders.

Nakuru County is leading the way in pioneering inclusive sanitation efforts that stand to significantly improve the well-being of its urban population. This initiative represents a crucial step toward ensuring access to dignified and sustainable sanitation services for all.

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