Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Briefly: Kenya Deploys “Water ATMs” To Curb Water Shortage

Following the water shortage that hits Kenya, people living in slums now rely on vendors or polluted sources to get drinking water.
Meanwhile, the local government, in partnership with a Danish water engineering company, Grundfos, introduced a water ATM-styled dispenser in the Mathare slum area in Nairobi to reduce the challenges posed by the water shortage to the slum dwellers

With the new system, residents insert the ATM smart cards, topped up at a kiosk or through a mobile phone, at the dispenser and water starts flowing from the tap.
The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage company who manages the dispenser, charges half a Kenya shilling (half a US cent) for 20 litres of water while vendors charge 50 Kenya shillings for 20 litres.

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