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Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership : Watchdog on Pollution Crimes

Pollution crimes have long endangered the health and safety of our livelihoods on a daily basis. Illegally dumped waste contaminates the soil where food is grown, toxic materials leach into water supplies, and even the air we breathe gets contaminated by environmental polluters.

Illegally dumping of hazardous materials is an easy alternative for polluters, due to the considerable cost of responsible waste disposal.

As a result, precious ecosystems have been left vulnerable, people get sick, wildlife dies, and livelihoods and our economy are threatened.

Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership works with County and Regional Agencies in our member counties to detect and eliminate cases of river pollutions.

One of our regional horticulture farms was found dumping illegal kitchen cooking oil waste in the Nanyuki sewage treatment ponds, killing multiple species of aquatic birds.

In another example, MKEWP has been following up on cases of pollution from whistle blowers on the Likii River. After several warnings given to a farmer who had been polluting the River, action had to be taken.

On 15th May 2020, MKEWP collaborated with the department of Public Health to enforce the public health law. The polluting farmer operates his dairy farm a few meters away from the river. However, all the waste water from that farm is directed to the river, thus creating a health hazard for downstream communities who rely on it. The farmer was arrested and is to be arraigned in court in June to answer for charges of releasing raw waste/waste water into the river.

MKEWP promotes best management practices at farm levels as ways to manage your land and promotes activities to mitigate pollution of surface and groundwater near you. This is another WRUA service.

These practices are usually simple and low-tech. The can benefit your household and land in many ways. Some examples of agricultural best practices include safe management of animal waste, controlling pesticide and fertilizer use, contour farming, crop rotation, and vegetative buffers near rivers, and water storage, conservation and management.

Want to know more about the pollution, pollution law, and best practices? Contact your MKEWP representative susan.gathoni@laikipia.org or Laikipia Forum at communications@laikipia.org

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