Governor Dr FCPA Wycliffe Oparanya has launched the Ksh 17.2 million Decentralized Waste Water Treatment Facility in Mumias town.
He said the facility will help in handling waste water which has been a challenge to the town.
“I thank Water Sector Trust Fund for funding this project that will address the challenge of waste water in Mumias,” said Dr Oparanya.
He said the facility will serve at least 2,300 households in Mumias.
He noted that it is expensive to construct a sewerage system and the waste water treatment facility will offer an alternative.
“It will cost us at least Ksh 2 billion to construct the sewerage system in Mumias. However, with such facilities we have an alternative. We need three more in Mumias to solve the issue of waste water management,” he said.
He noted that under the project WSTF also constructed 200 toilets in low income areas within Mumias town.
Mr Willis Ombayi, CEO Water Sector Trust Fund said his organization is committed to working with the devolved units to enhance water supply services and improving on sanitation.
He said apart from the Ksh 17.2 million facility, they have also given the County Ksh 65.2 million to cushion it from the effects of Covid-19.
“Recently we signed a partnership with KACWASCO to fund Malava water project at a cost of Ksh 19.8 million. We are grateful for the support and cooperation we get from the County,” said Mr Ombayi.
CECM for Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Madam Rhodah Masaviru said the facility is the first of its kind in the County.
“I thank the development partners for financing this projects that will offer solutions to many challenges posed by waste water,” said Madam Masaviru.
Ms Mary Kundu, Director at KACWASCO said the facility will solve issues of pollution of rivers which poses health risks.
“Institutions within this area should take advantage of this facility to dispose their waste water so that we have a clean and healthy environment,” said Ms Kundu.
County Assembly Environment Committee chairman Hon Swaka Limera asked development partners to consider rolling out similar projects in other urban Centers within the County.
Butere MP Tindi Mwale, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Ambassador CPA James Ochami, CECM for Roads Mr Kulati Wangia, Chief Officers, CEOs led by Madam Christabel Ashiono (KACWASCO), MCAs, board members of KACWASCO and KACRUWASCO among other officials were present.