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Carwash sites built away from polluted lake

March 22, 2012
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KISUMU, KENYA, AFRICA — Due to increasing water pollution, an environmental agency has built five carwash sites away from Lake Victoria here, the Daily Nation reported.

The March 21 story stated that the sites were needed because carwashing is now prohibited on the shores of the lake.

“Youth who used to wash cars … on the lake shore have been moved to the new locations which have running water and proper drainage systems,” Dan Ashitiva, a wetlands officer for the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) said in the article.

Carwashing, farm fertilizers and industrial effluence have all led to the formation of green algae that has caused problems for fisherman and domestic users of the lake’s water. Fishermen and sand harvesters complained that the algae causes skin ailments and said the water can no longer be used for cooking.

In addition to algae, the pollution has caused massive deaths of fish and promoted the growth of water hyacinth.