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Providing Liquid Life to the Kenyan Masses

Providing Liquid Life to the Kenyan Masses

One of the issues faced by many third-world countries is the inability to access clean drinking water. This is particularly prevalent in many of the slums of Kenya. However, such a problem is about to change thanks to an innovative approach taken by the local government…

 

Added: 03rd September 2015

Water dispensers designed much in the same way as a traditional cash point are now able to provide residents with potable and healthy water with the simple swipe of a magnetic card. Four units are already on their way to Nairobi and it is hoped that many more will soon be available to other areas within this sprawling country.

Cheap and Convenient

It has been a well-known fact that Kenyan vendors offer water at exorbitantly high rates. This has proven to be prohibitively expensive for many; forcing entire families to drink from untreated or polluted water sources. These new machines will charge no more than half of a Kenyan shilling per 20 litres of water. This is roughly the equivalent to half of a cent in the United Cents. Much like a traditional cash point, cards can be topped up online or through the use of a local kiosk.

running tap water

International Recognition

This plan has been a result of a joint partnership between the Kenyan government and the Danish engineering company Grundfos. What is perhaps even more interesting is that this very same model could be easily adopted by other countries that are hampered by a short supply of potable water. As many African nations face unprecedented water shortages while their populations continue to grow, this new approach is seen as being a viable solution that may very well supply millions of individuals and families with a reliable supply of drinking water.

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A Growing Problem

The United Nations estimates that there are more than 700 million people throughout the world that do not have regular access to clean drinking water. This is an obvious health risk, as instances of cholera and other water-borne illnesses are on the rise. Novel solutions need to be found and this new form of access has already enjoyed a great deal of success in some rural villages in Kenya. It is hoped that more units will soon be available and that this trend will take hold in other countries within Africa. Water is indeed a precious resource and these novel dispensers are likely to save many lives.

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