The Scary Term

AfricAqua C.E.O David Kuria (Right) helps Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa fill a semi collapsible jerrican with water, during the Kimana Water Center launch.

AfricAqua C.E.O David Kuria (Left) helps Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa fill a semi collapsible jerrican, during the Kimana Water Shop launch.

Water is a term that usually send shivers down the spine of many people whenever it is mentioned. It is a term that not many people like it when it is mentioned especially during certain periods of the year.

This commodity has been very scarce, not only in Kenya, but also in other countries. Many people have not been able to get access to safe water that they can drink without any fear. This forces them to drink dirty water that is harmful to their bodies.

To some communities, even getting this undrinkable water is a very big challenge. People from Some parts of Asia and Africa have to treck for at least 6 kilometers to get access to this commodity, irrespective of its purity status.

Research has shown that, only about 1% of the world’s water is drinkable. This worries even more because, in some countries like China with a bloated population, nearly 700 million people drink contaminated water. This is the same situation in Kenya where millions of people struggle a lot to access safe drinking water.

We cannot talk about dirty water without mentioning waterborne diseases like cholera. The two work hand in hand, with the later depending on the earlier one. Their relationship is very harmful to any life including that of livestock.

Almost every day, we wake up to sad news of a life or lives that have been lost to cholera. Such news leave us devastated, not knowing what to do next. We are not even sure whether the water we are drinking can also lead to cholera infection. This is a very common occurrence in many parts of the country especially in Nyanza region where vast floods are experienced during heavy rainfall season. Although the heavy rains are associated with certain problems, we still need the rain for water.

Most of the operations at homes and industries depend on water. Remember that any moving machine requires water to cool its engine and this is why the commodity is very vital in factories. At home, water is used for cleaning, cooking, drinking and other operations.

The amount of water used per day in any average home is very high. For example; a normal adult human being should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, a single flush in an average toilet requires about 6 liters of water. Basically, this means that in an average homestead, at least 40 liters of water are required per day.

As a matter of facts, we all have to agree that there is a problem with much of the available water and then work on a way to ensure that we drink uncontaminated water. World governments and other stakeholders might have tried to supply communities with safe drinking water, but there is still a problem yet to be solved.

To bring this home, AfricAqua in partnership with governmental and non-governmental bodies has a determination of ensuring that every community member in Kenya and Africa has easy access to safe drinking water. This is an ongoing process with projects having already been established in Kimana, Narok and Matuu. This is a long term goal to solve the water problem.

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