By David Mwaura, Africaqua Limited Communications Officer
Africaqua CEO David Kuria has reassured Kenyans living in drought hit areas and informal settlements that the company will continue expanding its projects to ensure that everyone gets easy access to safe drinking water at an affordable cost.
Speaking during an interview with radio maisha, Kuria noted that more than 60 percent of Kenyans do not have easy access to safe drinking water and hence stand a higher chance to water related infections, citing incident where hundreds of people suffered from Hepatitis A infections in coastal region a few weeks ago.
He said that it is the right of every Kenyan to get access to safe drinking water irrespective of their location, adding that Africaqua Limited through the One Safe Drop Initiative, targets people who do not get access to government piped water.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that even that grandmother in a manyatta gets access to safe drinking water. Our main target are people who do not have access to piped water by the government and hence the last mile”, said Kuria.
Africaqua water that is abstracted, treated through filtration, reverse osmosis and chlorination and later packaged in 1L, 10L and 25L jerricans is sold to community members at an affordable cost, to ensure that it does not pose health risks to consumers.
The CEO meanwhile cautioned that people should be very careful while buying bottled water because not every bottled water is safe for drinking. He said this in reaction to the recent crackdown by Kenya Bureau of Standards against rogue water companies.
Although Africaqua has already partnered with Water.org, Spring Accelerator, EKOCENTER and Pentair, Kuria noted that getting donors to fund the high investment project has been a big challenge and urged other willing entities to partner with the company to ensure that water scarcity challenge is dealt with once and for all.
Through the partnership, Africaqua has already launched its first project in Kimana, Kajiado County, with other two projects in Narok and Matuu almost coming to a completion. The company intends to expand the projects to other dry areas around the country as well as slum settlements all over the country.