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Do more to ensure access to clean, safe water - 6 days ago, 09:33

Jacqueline Mathag ...

Many urban dwellers have to buy water from vendors while the communities in arid and semi-arid areas trek long distances in search of the basic need.

The United Nations classifies Kenya as a water-scarce country with a low natural water replenishment rate.

Of the 46 million Kenyans, 41 per cent rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, and 59 per cent use unimproved sanitation solutions.

According to Water.org, only nine out of 55 public water service providers in Kenya have continuous supply.

According to a 2017 World Health Organisation report, 80 per cent of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas with around 159 million people collecting their drinking water from surface water such as ponds and streams.

Data from Unicef indicates that more than 700 children under five years die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water ...
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