Fluoride Action Network

Kenya: New effort to provide communities with high levels of fluoride safe water

Source: Press Release: The Coca-Cola Company | September 4th, 2013
Location: Kenya


STOCKHOLM — Today at World Water Week in Stockholm, The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) announced the Company’s support of new programs in four African countries – Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, and Mozambique. The funding, a total of $4.6MM from The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, will support sustainable solutions to clean water and sanitation service delivery for at least 270,000 people in urban and peri-urban areas. Activities to be supported include the development of water kiosks and storage tanks for local communities, sustainable water supply services and capacity building of local service providers. The Coca-Cola funding will also be matched by WSUP partners, local communities and governments. The programs are to be part of the Company’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), an effort providing at least 2MM people with clean water access by the end of 2015…

Kenya – At least 45,000 people will benefit from the RAIN-WSUP intervention in the Kiu, Mirera, Karagita, Kamere, Kwa Muhia and Kasarani peri-urban settlements of Naivasha Municipality, next to the internationally renowned Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley Province. The effort will establish water treatment, storage and distribution networks to provide safe water to local communities affected by dental and skeletal fluorosis, due to the high levels of fluoride in the underground water. Water kiosks and storage tanks will be constructed with a fluoride filtration system. The project will also rehabilitate boreholes, expanding access to clean and affordable water to low-income inhabitants. Sanitation improvement activities will include the rehabilitation of yard latrine units, the development and implementation of a sanitation marketing strategy, and the training of artisans and community based enterprises in production of sanitation products. Local women will take an active role in the project through leadership roles and potential employment in local water and sanitation enterprises.