Activities at NYTIL suspended over discharge of waste water into River Nile

Activities at NYTIL suspended over discharge of waste water into River Nile

According to Press Statement dated 6th January 2022, activities at NYTIL have been suspended over discharge of waste water into River Nile

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has halted all activities at Nyanza Textile Industries Limited (NYTIL) that generate waste water. 

The suspension follows an inspection of the facility in Jinja, after public outcry on social media over alleged contamination of River Nile by the facility.

A team of environmental inspectors was dispatched to the site on January 5, 2022 and
discovered that there was a blockage at the facility's Effluent Treatment Plant that caused industrial Waste water to Overflow into stom water drainage channel and subsequently into River Nile. We have picked samples from the river for laboratory analysis to inform the way forward.

In order to prevent further pollution of the river, all activities at NYTIL that generate
industrial waste water have been suspended by NEMA until an effective Effluent Treatment
Plant has been designed and operationalized, to handle all the effluent generated at the
facility, to the satisfaction of NEMA. 

This is in line with the provisions of the National
Environment Act No. 5, 2019 and the National Environment (Standards for Discharge of
Effluent into Water or Land) Regulations, 2020.
Unregulated discharge of industrial waste water is a public health hazard and has
deleterious impacts on the environment including: loss of aquatic biodiversity,
contamination of food chains, compromising the quality of usable water especially for
downstream user's.

We thank the public for being vigilant and urge citizens to continue reporting environmental
breaches and incidents within our communities. Together, we shall ensure sustainable
socio-economic transformation of our nation.

For more information:
National Environment Management Authority
NEMA House Plot 17/19/21 Inja Road

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