EXAMINATION OF DRAINAGE INADEQUACIES IN GATOPE, MUKURU KWA RUBEN

ABSTRACT
Mukuru Kwa Ruben informal settlement is located within the industrial area. It was formed after independence when workers for the British colonialists were left squatters. This settlement has 11 constituent villages with Gatope being the oldest in the entire settlement. It is characterized by poor dilapidated housing exacerbated by poor drainage conditions and flooding in the area.
This study examines the state of existing drainage conditions regarding its availability and impact including opportunities that can arise for the existing state of drainage in the area. The methodology applied in the study commenced with the review of relevant secondary data on drainage in urban areas and most specifically in informal settlements. This established the data gaps based on which the primary data collection instruments were designed. The instruments included; household questionnaires, observation checklists and Key informant interviews guides. The data collection process was undertaken followed by the analysis of the data collected. The presentation of the collected data was done in a report format.
The study determined that the poor state of drainage in Gatope is mainly caused by poor liquid and solid waste disposal in the area. The effects of the state of drainage in the area have manifested themselves in terms of diseases, hindrance to mobility, destruction of property and poor sanitation. The residents have therefore come up with coping mechanisms to manage the drainage and flooding which includes the use of old tires and cementing to raise the housing, unblocking of drains, and putting soil around the house to reduce the seeping of water into the structure.
The study therefore recommends an integrated drainage development approach so as to maximize on the existing infrastructure and introduce new technologies to repair the old dilapidated system.

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