Migaa: Kiambu’s Environment-Friendly Housing Development

A new housing development coming up in Kiambu has invested in a waste treatment and water recycling plant, one of its kind in Kenya, laying the foundation for water self-sufficiency for its residents.
The state-of the-art waste water
treatment and recycling plant of
Migaa, one of the largest gated
communities in Nairobi with over 7,000 residents when complete, recycles water and turns solid waste into manure and biomass energy.
It also harvests rainwater from roofs and open space into the Migaa development’s reservoirs thereby creating a unique dual water system.The water supplies into the homes are being built as two systems, one taking in fresh, treated water for
drinking and cooking, and the other supplying recycled water for irrigating the golf course and gardens, flushing toilets, washing clothes and cars, and general outdoor use.

“It is essential to the driving Migaa vision, as an environmentally geared project, that we should be having a net positive impact, living on our own water, used with utmost care, and leading the way among developers in delivering a development with absolute water sustainability,” said Ray Kanno, the project manager.

The development has a built-up area of 50 per cent with 50 per cent left as natural open space – promoting an acre of green for every acre of build -and including an 18-hole golf course of international standards, recreational lakes, maintained coffee plantations, parks and gardens, setting up additional needs for irrigation. Six years ago, the World Health Organisation classified Kenya as a water-scarce country.

But studies have shown that careful recycling and water management could yield ample water for the population’s needs. The project will not add any new pressure on the already stretched water resources of the Kiambu area and gives its residents security of water supply, including for its schools and commercial centre.

Migaa has two rivers running along its northern and southern boundaries. It also has an underground stream that crops up four times in the development in the form of small lakes. The underground system will serve as the main source of water for the site, removing the need to draw water from the two rivers, which are also used and needed downstream.
“There are five existing boreholes at the site, all of which we’re rehabilitating,” said Mr Kanno.The Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation has certified water in the boreholes as fit for human consumption.


Fact Box
Migaa is situated within the suburban area of Nairobi, in the Kiambu County. It is only 16 kms from Muthaiga and 20 kms from the CBD. From nature enthusiasts to sport fanatics, Migaa provides the ultimate backdrop for an extraordinary life. It is a unique residential development that captures the very essence of Kenya’s natural beauty, incorporating 774 acres of land.

Nestled between two rivers, Migaa houses two natural dams and provides the homeowner a diversity of amenities to enjoy. Migaa aims to improve the living standards of local residents by providing not only decent but also affordable housing in what will be the largest gated community in Nairobi.

Private developers have a choice of plots ranging from 5 to 20 acres. Migaa also offers a choice of houses, apartments, cottages, villas, duplexes and studios, all with their own unique architecture that makes use of natural materials to complement the surrounding environment.

Migaa will also offer the first of its kind property exchange, which will allow homeowners to exchange their residences for others in a process that is designed to be simple, effortless and enjoyable. Living at Migaa, you will find everything you and your family need to enjoy the most that life has to offer.


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