Mombasa, KENYA: The World Health Organization WHO- says a tenth of the world’s population does not have access to safe water.
In addition, Kenya lost 62 billion litres of water between 2000-2010, according to Kenya Demographic and Health survey 2004.
Have you ever asked yourself the amount of water you use for domestic chores e.g. flushing?
Water experts say it depends with the size of the flushing bucket. So it ranges between 10 litres 30.
As we all know, 75% of the world is covered by water while the rest is land that just goes to show how water is important. In short, water is life.
It is understood that water conservation is very vital especially here in Sub Saharan Africa where most times experiences drought.
Cap 43 (d) of the Kenyan constitution says every Kenyan has a right to clean, safe drinking water.
Statistics from the Kenyan government indicates 38% of its citizens still live without clean and safe drinking water.
According to Kenya Demographic and Health survey 2004, one in 3 homes in Kenya have no access to a safe source of drinking water.
Joseph Odhiambo who is a resident on sprawling Moroto slums in Tudor, Mombasa, says he can’t remember the last time he used safe water.
Odhiambo laments about water shortage in Mombasa, which he says, forced him to miss work in search of water.
He says he walked several kilometers in search of the precious commodity.
“I remember one day we spent weeks without water. I once was forced to travel several kilometers away by public service vehicles in search of water. I bought a 20 litres bucket of water for 200 shillings (approximately 2 dollars)”, he said.
Odhiambo is not the ony resident to encounter water shortage here in Mombasa.
Countless residents every day wake up carrying buckets and trek some kilometer in search of water, despite living in an urban area where such amenities and commodities should be readily available.