IMPROVING QUALITY

Cleaner Lake Victoria water through four-country projects

It will offer solutions to development problems in Lake Victoria Basin such as s9u77aanitation and water quality

In Summary

• In Kisumu, it will contribute towards the reduction of untreated sewage from Manyatta Informal Settlement into Kisat River. 

• It will be implemented in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and is funded by Germany and EU. 

Boat stuck in water hyacinth in Lake Victoria. Pollution, especially nnitrogen-contang waste, causes the hyacinty to spread.
LAKE VICTORIA: Boat stuck in water hyacinth in Lake Victoria. Pollution, especially nnitrogen-contang waste, causes the hyacinty to spread.

A Sh30 billion programme to improve water quality in Lake Victoria and increase its availability le will be launched on Friday.

he Lake Victoria Basin Integrated Water Resources Management programme will be implemented in Kisumu, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Mwanza, Tanzania, and Kigali in Rwanda. It will be launched by the Lake Victoria Basin Commission. 

In Kisumu, it will help reduce untreated sewage from Manyatta Informal Settlement into Kisat River In Mwanza, the project aims to connect 7,400 households to Mwanza Wastewater Stabilisation Ponds. 

Uganda’s project — an artificial wetland in Nakivubo suburb — will filter water flowing into Lake Victoria.

Rwanda's Faecal Sludge Treatment project will improve Rwanda’s sanitation and sustainable environmental interventions. 

The project will significantly improve water quality in the Lake Victoria Basin and set new benchmarks by exceeding existing discharge regulations and practice. 

The project is jointly financed by Germany and the European Union through the KfW Development Bank. EAC secretary general Liberat Mfumukeko and representatives of the EAC partner states are to attend the launch at Acacia Premier Hotel on Friday. 

“The launch is a milestone. It reflects long-term cooperation between EAC partner states and European Union,” LVBC executive secretary Ally-Said Matano said on the sidelines of the ongoing 9th Joint Regional Policy Steering Committee. 

The project offers innovative solutions to development problems in the Lake Victoria Basin, such as sanitation and declining water quality and availability caused by growing urbanisation and climate change. 

The projects follow the signing of the protocol agreement between the East African Community and the Federal Republic of Germany in 2016. 

Edited by R.Wamochie