Kitengela residents build their own sewer line worth sh 40million following years of suffering and frustration

A section of Kitengela residents in Kajiado County have come together to build a Sh40 million sewer line following claims of adverse health caused by lack of a sewerage system in the populous town.

In two months, locals will have their dreams come true after a long bumpy road characterised by a myriad challenges.

Residents comprising 286 landlords from Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) area under the umbrella of Kitengela EPZ neighbouring community sewer line project have solely funded the project aimed at improving hygiene and sanitation in the area.

The sewer line which stretches along 45km to join EPZA Athi River Sewerage system in the neighbouring Machakos County, will benefit over 300 rental flats with a population of more than 20,000 tenants and 100 homes in the area and is set to commence in three months’ time.

The project which has already received approvals from National Environment Management Authority (Nema) and a letter of no objection from the county government will run in three phases is expected to be complete in one year.

The populous Kitengela town at large depends on septic tanks which have become very expensive to empty with most rental plots having an overflow of sewer water.

Homes pay at least Sh15,000, commercial plots Sh27,000 and flats pay up to Sh149,000 monthly on exhaust services, but once complete, beneficiaries will pay a small flat rate maintenance fee not exceeding Sh5,000.

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