The Dam constructed in 1953 holds back a reservoir with storage capacity of 98,000 m3 (79 acre⋅ft) and surface area of 350,000 m2 (86 acres). It is a shallow lake with an average depth on only 2.76 m (9.1 ft)
The Dam is heavily silted and areas have been reclaimed for agriculture by dumping solid waste.
He asked that it be made part of the Nairobi River Basin Project funded by the United Nations Environment Program with the tasks of removing the water hyacinth and solid waste to restore the aquatic ecosystem. Also associated encroachment would need the settlements to be pulled down (Kibera is the second biggest slum in Africa, with 700,000 inhabitants) with an estimated cost of 700 million Kenyan Shilling (US$7.3 million)
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