SFD Report - Mavoko, Kenya SFD Promotion Initiative
Mavoko Town is one of the eight sub-counties of Machakos County in Kenya, which is located around 30km southeast of Nairobi. The whole area of Mavoko covers 963 km2 including large rural parts. This SFD focuses on the service area of the local Water Service Provider (WSP) named Mavoko Water and Sewerage Company (MAVWASCO). The WSP serves the urban agglomerations of Mavoko, which are organized in four wards, namely Athi River, Kinanie, Muthwani and Syokimau / Mlolongo. Athi River is the most densely populated urban agglomeration and Mavoko has also been known as Athi River town. Due to the close location to Nairobi, its land availability and good transport connections along Mombasa Road, Mavoko is a quickly industrializing and growing area (UN-Habitat 2006). The population in the MAVWASCO service area is estimated to be 244,259 inhabitants and is predicted to double up to 593,182 residents by 2030.
Mavoko heavily relies on onsite sanitation services (80% of the residents). It is estimated that only 18% of the population is connected to a sewer line and that 2% practices open defecation. 79% of the excreta in Mavoko is unsafely managed, which means that only 21% is managed safely.