Elgeyo plans ban on use of pit latrines

Elgeyo Marakwet is working on a Bill aimed at phasing out pit latrines in all urban centres and their environs in the entire county.

The county Environment Committee chaired by the executive committee member for environment Thomas Ruto said that all building plans should included septic tanks before they are approved by authorities.

This, he said, would ensure that new buildings have septic tanks which can be emptied instead of residents digging up pit latrines in the town centres.

However, even as the county sets to undertake the new development, it is grappling with lack of a suitable piece of land for the construction of a sewage treatment plant.

He said an advertisement had been placed in the local dailies seeking property owners willing to sell land to the county for the sewage treatment plant project.

Director of works Pauline Olbara said that there was a need to set aside land for a sewerage as Iten town grows because pit latrines were not sustainable.

“We are also calling on the county government to come up with a legislation to deter the blocking of culverts by farmers as this is doing a lot of harm to our roads,” said Ms Olbara.