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Nakuru: Flamingos die after consuming algae at sewerage treatment plant

Nakuru county government has been adviced by environmententalists to transfer two sewerage plants bordering Lake Nakuru National Park following recent deaths of hundreds of Flamingos in Lake Nakuru.

Carcasses of the dead pink birds were found floating all over the lake something that has raised an alarm.

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According to reports, hundreds of the birds went at Nakuru water and sanitation sewerage treatment searching for algae after there was a shortage at the Lake.

The increase in water volume since the last five years, according to reports has contributed to the scarcity and compromised quality of the algae.

This, has pushed the birds to treatment plants adjacent to the park to get some algae.

A senior Kenya Wildlife Service warden stationed at the lake, Edward Karanja On Friday,April 2 disclosed that they have launched investigations to establish what was killing the beautiful pink birds.

A few sites within the lake have recorded the deaths, including at the sewerage treatment plant. We have engaged the Nakuru Water and Sanitation Services Company Limited on the matter,” said Karanja.

They will perform post-mortem examination from the carcasses of the dead bird to detect any toxins and establish the cause of the deaths.

Environmentalist and founder of Climate Change Kenya, Jackson Kinyanjui stated that although the cause of deaths of the birds remain unknown, they are speculating industrial pollution from nearby sewarage plant.

“We suspect industrial pollutionby a nearby sewerage treatment plant,” he said.

According to Kinyanjui, a researcher who has been studying the rising of water levels in the Rift Valley, revealed that most of the raw sewerage and solid waste from industries in Nakuru town and its suburbs containing heavy metals and toxins are directed to the lake daily.

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“Wildlife may be feeding on contaminated food and water. Lake Nakuru was once very popular due to the abundance of beautiful flamingoes, but if this pollution is not stopped, we risk losing the world heritage site. Both the county and national governments should join hands to end pollution of the lake,” the environmentalist said.

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