Safe drinking water for Bomet residents
P&G, through Children Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) in partnership with Kenya Red Cross, has committed to support 700 households to access safe drinking water to Bomet County. The commitment will help avert water borne diseases which are becoming prevalent and a health threat in counties have shortage of safe drinking water. The households will benefit from Purifier of Water technology that cleans contaminated water.
The Kenya Red Cross Society has stated that the drought has led to the drying up of water sources, especially in the 13 counties that are in the alarm phase of drought classification. The few functional water sources also pose challenges as the water isn’t fit for human consumption and furthermore, residents have to share the little water with their animals.
“This intervention is also geared towards public education on water purification using the Purifier of Water technology through Kenya Red Cross in Bomet County. The commitment will focus on areas that have high levels of contaminated drinking-water. There is also need for more strategies on how water sources can be protected from pollution to ensure access safe drinking water to boost economic productivity for all,” says Ms. Irene Mwathi, Communications Manager, P&G Kenya.
On his part, Secretary General for Kenya Red Cross, Mr. Abbas Gullet said: “Kenya Red Cross Society continues to implement multiple water projects, which aims to improve health as a consequence of accessing safe and sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Kenya, especially during this time of the drought.”
“We are doing this through rehabilitation or installation of new water supplies, strengthening water management / community links to Government and ensuring long term sustainability of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities,” added Dr. Gullet.
The water purification initiative complements piped water projects co-funded by Bomet County Government and Kenya Red Cross to a tune of over 170 million shillings.