|Location||Kenya, Nairobi Province|
|Central coordinates||37o 1.00' East 1o 14.00' South|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description The Dandora Oxygenation Ponds are situated 20 km due east of Nairobi City centre, just off the Nairobi–Kangundo road but within the city limits. The main sewage treatment works for Nairobi City, they comprise three experimental ponds, eight facultation ponds and 24 maturation ponds, all bounded by embankments. The first phase of eight ponds was commissioned in 1980, followed by the much larger second phase in 1992. The older set has mud banks, with associated growth of aquatic and emergent macrophytes such as species of Cyperus and Typha; the newer ponds have gently sloping concrete banks. Water quality and the microflora and fauna change as water progresses through the ponds. The treatment is entirely natural and considered environmentally friendly. Processed water from the ponds is discharged into the Nairobi river.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma||winter||1997||1,480 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Artificial wetlands||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.
References Nasirwa (1998), Nasirwa and Bennun (1994, 1995), Nasirwa and Owino (2000), Owino and Nasirwa (2001), Oyugi and Owino (1998a,b, 1999), Waiyaki (1992), Waiyaki and Bennun (1993a).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dandora ponds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014
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