An Intro to Water Pollution Problem

Water Pollution and quality degradation has become a crisis in Kenya because pollutants are released into the water without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds. In Kenya, although many water pollution laws are in force, the problem continues to be a serious problem.

With a population of 50 million, 41% (20.5 million) of Kenyans rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers. These challenges are especially evident in rural areas and urban slums where people are often unable to connect to piped water infrastructure. Children are more vulnerable to water borne diseases in urban-slums and poor marginalized rural areas in Kenya.

The lack of clean and safe drinking water in Kenya is a very serious problem, this results in over 10,000 infant deaths annually in Kenya alone and more than 1.6 million children under the age of five who die every year in the world. This equates to the death of a child every 19 seconds.