Nairobi waterfall turned into sewer river [PHOTOS]

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Once clear and scenic, the waters of the Nairobi River were a source of pride for the people of Gatia in Kasarani constituency, but over time the river lost its appeal due to the gratuitous pollution of townspeople upstream.

The waterfalls, which would otherwise have provided a place of recreation, are heavily contaminated with raw sewage that is relentlessly dumped into the river.

Residents complained about the foul stench of the water, adding that it was also a health hazard as it was a source of disease.

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Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

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The situation left investors who relied on the site to lure visitors counting losses with a hotel forced to close due to low traffic in the area.

At the same time, the animals still consume the contaminated river water.

Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

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Decades of neglect have made cleaning up the Nairobi River a terrible task.

There have been efforts to clean up the river with crackdowns by the relevant authorities to conserve riparian lands.

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During a fact-finding mission in 2020, a team from the Water Resources Authority discovered that waste from several apartments was being discharged directly into the once pristine waterway.

In October 2020, NMS General Mohammed Badi launched a cleanup exercise on the Ngong River.

Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021
Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

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Badi said enforcement agencies like the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) would inspect and make sure no one was dumping liquid or solid waste into the county’s rivers.

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NMS is in the process of setting up material recovery facilities in the seventeen (17) sub-counties which will take care of the separation of the different types of waste.

This, he explained, would reduce the surface dumping of waste, thereby stopping environmental pollution, controlling the illegal dumping and creating jobs for young people.

Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

Waterfall along the Nairobi River in Kasarani region in January 2021

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