A country is defined as water-stressed if the per capita water availability is below 1700 cubic metres per year. Kenya is among the water-scarce countries across the world with per capita availability below 1000 cubic metres annually (1) Kenya shares about 50% of her water resources i.e. rivers, lakes, and aquifers with her neighbors in East Africa, even though it has one of the lowest natural water replenishment rates of 647 cubic metres per capita per annum.
The East African nation has made progress in improving access to clean water sources. According to recent statistics, approximately 62% of the population has access to basic water services. However, significant disparities exist between urban and rural areas, with urban areas enjoying higher access rates. Rural areas are disproportionately affected, setting in motion the vicious cycle of waterborne diseases and high child mortality, amongst other grave consequences such as lower economic productivity, poverty, and gender inequality. In addition, the rural poor are forced to travel long distances of up to 8 miles (2) to reach water that is highly polluted and even unsafe for human consumption.
The overall disease burden (3) in the country is such that 80% of hospital attendance in Kenya is due to preventable diseases and about 50 percent of these illnesses are water, sanitation, and hygiene-related. On top of that, water and sanitation-related diseases are also one of the leading causes of death for children (4) under five years of age in Kenya.
These lives can be saved, simply by ensuring sustainable access to safe water. With the operational kiosks in the East African country, we are fighting the Kenya Water Crisis and preventing the loss of more lives. Currently, we are working to consolidate our footprint in Kenya and scale up our work exponentially.
Kenya Water Facts
million people drink directly from contaminated surface water sources. (5)
of healthcare facilities do not have basic water services on-premises. (7)
of the rural population has no access to any kind of formal water system. (6)
of the population has handwashing facilities on premises with soap and water. (8)
Our Kenya water project contributes directly to SDG 6.1, helping to achieve universal access to basic drinking water from an improved source with collection time under 30 minutes for a roundtrip. Click on the interactive map to see the GPS location of each kiosk we operate in Kenya.