The recent announcement by the Nakuru County Government that the towns of Gilgil and Molo will be upgraded to municipal status is both welcome and timely.
The elevation of both cities is significant because it reflects that their populations have grown to the point that they now need to be granted municipal status. With this elevation, the county government can increase the funding needed to provide its residents with a higher quality of service delivery.
According to the Urban Areas and Towns Act 2011, for a township to qualify for a charter for municipal status, it must have a population of at least between 70,000 and 249,000.
The main areas in which the Nakuru County government should now invest to ensure that the residents of Gilgil and Molo enjoy a better quality of service delivery are water and sanitation infrastructure, which will be a boon to residents and local economies.
As urban planners begin to work on implementing the water and sanitation infrastructure that these two cities now deserve, it will be in the citizens’ interest that they make long-term, sustainable investments. This will ensure that governments do not have to redo projects every two years, which is essentially a waste of taxes and a disruption in service delivery.
There is normally a boom in local economies when municipalities get water and sanitation infrastructure. Jobs are created during the construction phase of these projects and, in addition, there are capital inflows, through the supply of locally available building materials.
The employment of local labor also allows the transfer of technology and knowledge through training and development. This will further benefit local communities when implementing future construction projects in these cities.
More importantly, once water and sanitation infrastructure is operational, municipalities often see a reduction in cases of waterborne diseases associated with pollution of water resources. Water quality is improving due to reduced pollution of natural river systems.
Moreover, these investments trigger the development of modern infrastructure including residential, commercial, commercial and industrial properties.
One way to achieve this goal is to use modern construction technology such as Weholite HDPE pipes, which offer a service life of over 100 years and extremely low maintenance costs.
The lightweight nature of Weholite technology also makes it easy to use in heavily built-up areas with minimal disruption to communities, the absence of which has been a challenge for major infrastructure projects.
Nakuru and other county governments that are elevating cities to municipal status should be proactive in adopting modern technologies such as Weholite HDPE, as they have been proven to offer sustainable and long-lasting solutions to today’s water and wastewater challenges. sewers.