In Summary
  • Water is life and everyone has the right to access sufficient, safe, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.
  • More can be done at the county level as regards e-waste management, garbage collection, tree planting, prevention of illegal logging and education of citizens.

Many urban dwellers have to buy water from vendors while the communities in arid and semi-arid areas trek long distances in search of the basic need.

The United Nations classifies Kenya as a water-scarce country with a low natural water replenishment rate.

Of the 46 million Kenyans, 41 per cent rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, and 59 per cent use unimproved sanitation solutions.

According to Water.org, only nine out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya have continuous supply.

According to a 2017 World Health Organisation report, 80 per cent of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas with around 159 million people collecting their drinking water from surface water such as ponds and streams.

Data from Unicef indicates that more than 700 children under five years die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

DEVELOPMENT

One in four primary schools has no drinking water with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.

Water is life and everyone has the right to access sufficient, safe, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

In spite of this, many people are still left out due to population growth, adverse economic change, environmental degradation and displacement.

The access is even impeded when it comes to marginalised groups such as children, women and, more so, people living with disability.

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