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Conservation: Kenya

Water for Africa

Africa, Kenya

by Drew Denzin, Ololulunga, Kenya

There is little to no conservation of water. People may keep rinse water or bath water to water gardens, but other than that most people rely on the availability of the river water. Most people do not even have gutters to collect rainwater, something that would save money and effort and give them cleaner water.

by Kendall Rondeau, Miharati, Kenya

I do not see a lot of conservation of water. I see a lot of waste. However, sometimes I see recycled water (that had been used to wash hands or dishes) thrown into the garden.

by John and Kim Shumlansky, Mount Kenya National Forest, Kenya

When you have enough of something, it is often difficult to use it wisely. Although our community was familiar with drought and had suffered through water shortages, we soon grew forgetful about the need to conserve water once the new community water system was built. At first we would find people, including ourselves, leaving taps running and forgetting to repair broken pipes that would leak for days. Time has now passed and we have once again realized that water is a precious commodity. People in our village are now directing spilled water from their taps to their gardens for irrigation. People are also making sure broken pipes are quickly repaired and that children know to turn off the tap when they are finished.

by Melissa Perry, Oyugis, Kenya

The biggest effort my community has made in conserving water is building roof catchment water tanks on their houses. Other than this, there is no conservation of water.

by Bryce Sitter, Mobile Clinic, Kajiado, Kenya

Water is carried from far off, and it often takes the whole day to do this task. Usually, every other day is spent watering the cows and filling jugs to be carried back home. Water is recycled as much as humanly possible. Sometimes water is used four or five times and by then it contains soups, dirt, grease, and food. When water gets scarce people move. Women carry water and also use donkeys to carry it.

by Barbara Hinsman, Vigeze Village, Vihiga, Kenya

Surprisingly, there is little conservation of water in Vihiga. During the dry season, when water is really scarce, people tend to use less water for washing clothes, watering plants, and cleaning the house. They also eat more fried foods, rather than boiled, and drink more soda and milk than water.

I see, in fact, that the opposite of conservation is taking place. A lot of rainwater is wasted during the rainy season, which, if collected and stored properly, could be available during the dry season.

by Patrick Campbell, Mombasa, Kenya

People conserve water out of necessity. The supply is limited, and so what little water you have must be stretched to meet your needs. One of the most common forms of recycling (or reusing) water is to use water from rinsing clothes to wash the floors afterward.

by David Frommell, Bagoo, Rift Valley Province, Kenya

Water conservation occurs on a small scale in rural homes. Water used for laundry may be used again to wash floors, while water used to wash hands before meals is reused to wash dishes. Families with running piped water are less likely to conserve or recycle water than are families that fetch water manually from a nearby river, reservoir or well. As a community, the people of Kericho Town employ a modern wastewater treatment facility. The treatment plant collects water from combined sanitary and storm water sewers, treats the water with physical and biological methods, and discharges the clean water to the nearby river. (Physical treatment involves letting solids settle. Biological treatment involves stone filters and aeration). This type of modern sewage treatment is uncommon for towns like Kericho in Kenya. Revenue from local tea growers and donations from international sponsors help to fund such modern undertakings.

by Glenna Snider, Osorongai, Kenya

There is no conservation of water that I have observed.

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