Sustainable management of public toilets in the Nairobi central business district
Ogendo, Akinyi Mildred
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The ever-increasing growth in urban population exerts pressure on limited facilities in most developing cities and towns especially in sectors of water supplies and sanitation. A study of the provision and use of public conveniences in the ( ity Center of Nairobi in 1991 noted that most of the public toilets in the City center of Nairobi were constructed before 1963. Thereafter; only five public toilets were constructed to commemorate the silver jubilee celebrations in 1998 and the ten year Nyayo era celebrations that coincided. The population of Nairobi in 1963 was estimated to be about 267,000 whereas the current population is estimated to be 2.4 million according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Despite the continued population increase, the Nairobi City Council has not constructed more public toilets to meet the demand of the increased population, as it should have done. An extensive market survey done in the year 2001 pointed out that the demand for the services of public toilets is extremely high. That can be seen in the increased usage of the facilities in the last one-year when the Nairobi City Council and the Nairobi Central District Business Association rehabilitated most of the public toilets in the Central Business District. This study focuses on the Sustainable management of public toilets within the Central Business District. The study hopes to come up with an alternative preferred management to serve Central Business District. On the whole, the project would have positive impacts. Of greatest importance is the potential improvement in public health through improved sanitation if the sustainable management of public toilets is executed.