Improving access to safe drinking water

Access to safe water in Kenya remains one of the most important items in the national government agenda and also in the county governments. This was identified long before the dawn of the new millennium with the item set as one of the millennium development goals for Kenya.

The access to the right quality and quantity of water in most Kenyan households still poses a huge challenge. With almost 17 million people lacking access to safe water, this is a huge part of the population. This in turn has had a huge impact on health and infant mortality. Over 3000 children die each year from diarrheal diseases associated by unsafe water. Others end up enduring long durations out of school due to illness as well as trekking long distances to fetch water.

This impact has been felt almost in all sectors of the economy. Water remains one of the most fundamental factors for all sectors of the economy from agriculture, tourism, the hospitality industry, manufacturing, health etc. There has been a lot of effort especially by the national government and the counties to increase access to safe water through increasing the number of households served by piped water, increasing the number of water companies and increasing the capacity of the existing ones to be able to serve a bigger population.

With the various sources of water available in Kenya, the only thing that maybe required to guarantee the safety of the water is water treatment. Water treatment is the process that makes water acceptable for a specific end use. The end use in this situation being drinking. There are various solutions that can be installed and used for small and medium sized households to handle water treatment. At Davis & Shirtliff, we have specialized in the provision of these solutions. These solutions are low cost and highly effective.

A solution such as the domestic gravity feed 8 stage purifier can provide quality drinking water from the county sources. It can provide up to 30litres per day and has a storage capacity of 9litres.

Other solutions such as an under sink reverse osmosis (RO) can comfortably fit under a sink and has 6 stages of purification including Ultra Violet(UV) sterilization as well as giving an output of more than 200 litres per day.

During the rainy season, rain water can also be collected and pumped into the domestic system and similarly treated to make it safe for drinking and other purposes.

You can contact us so that we can advise you on the best solutions. See also more solutions that we offer under water treatment here.

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