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New drinking water project inaugurated in Nairobi, Kenya

CTBR Staff Writer Published 16 May 2017

Borealis and Borouge, the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), and the the UK Government’s Department for International Development have funded a project that has helped bring safe and affordable drinking water to more than 50,000 people in Kenya.

The Water for the World project was intended at Kenya’s capital Nairobi, where an estimated 60% of the population have little access to water and sanitation.

The partnership has worked to improve drinking water supplies in Korogocho and Kahawa Soweto informal settlements of Nairobi.

The usage of polyethylene (PE) pipes allowed to install pre-paid water dispensers, which would provide clean drinking water to the people in the region.

OFID director-general Suleiman J. Al-Herbish said: “OFID’s contribution to the water and sanitation sector reached US$1,151 million as of year-end 2016.

“These resources have supported a wide range of operations, from large-scale water storage, treatment and distribution projects, to village pumps and school latrines, as well as schemes for the rationalization of water use in arid regions.”

Borealis sustainability manager Dorothea Wiplinger said: “To avoid the loss of water due to leakages and assure residents receive clean water that they can afford, PE pipes are an excellent solution because they last three times longer than existing pipes, suffer fewer breakages and need less maintenance.”

 In 2007, Borealis and Borouge have launched Water for the World, a partnership program to provide solutions for water challenges across the globe.

The program carries out a range of activities in science, industry and local community areas across the globe to improve access to water and sanitation through local projects and preserve water resources through sustainable water management practices.

In addition, the program helps to advance best practices and raise awareness in communities and across the value-chain regarding water and sanitation.