Kenyans living in slums traditionally rely either on water vendors, who are expensive, or other polluted sources to get drinking water. The Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company however is stepping up to its responsibility of making clean water available and affordable.
The company in a private-public partnership with a Danish water engineering company Grundfos has set up water dispensing machines where people use a smart card, is designed to provide cheaper and cleaner water.
The dispenser has been likened to an Automated Teller Machine, except this dispenses water, no cash. Users use the smart cards at the dispenser and water starts flowing from the tap. After inserting the smart card the user types in how much water they want to buy
The water then comes out from the pipe below to fill up the jerry cans. These cards are topped up at a kiosk or through a mobile phone.
The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage company charges half a Kenya shilling (half a US cent) for 20 litres of water whereas vendors are reportedly selling water at 50 Kenya shillings for 20 litres according to a BBC report
The water company is opening four of these dispensers in Nairobi including Mathare and Kenyans are hopeful the scheme will be expanded throughout the nation and alleviate their water woes.
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