Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) has injected Ksh12 million in two water projects in Kikuyu Constituency, as part of EABL Foundation’s 10 by 10 water commitments, launched last year.
The water projects, undertaken in partnership with AMREF Health Africa, in Kenya comprises a 4km water distribution line, rehabilitation of a 225, 000 litre water tank and installation of a water kiosk to benefit up to 5,000 domestic households in Kerwa, Sigona. The brewer also drilled a new borehole in Nduma area, which it is estimated, will benefit another 5,000 residents.
Speaking during the commissioning, Group Corporate Relation Director, Erick Kiniti noted that the water project will enable access to clean water to over 10,000 households in Kiambu County.
“At KBL, we are cognizant that access to clean water is a basic human right and as a responsible corporate citizen, are passionate about doing our part to respond to this societal need. That is why KBL, through EABL Foundation is committed to implementing water projects within water-stressed communities such as this one and partnering with them for long-term sustainability of the same,” said Kiniti.
Under the 10 by 10 project, Kenya Breweries limited has rolled out water projects in Siaya, Murang’a and Nyeri counties, benefiting more than 50,000 people.
Further, the company has invested in the installation and management of 73 water and sanitation programs in East Africa, reaching over 5 million households.
Kikuyu Constituency Member of Parliament Kimani Ichung’wa emphasized the water challenges faced by the area in recent years and their search for a lasting solution.
“For many years, Kiambu residents have suffered from lack of sufficient water and this has placed an enormous strain on thousands of families in the area. We approach organizations such EABL and AMREF Kenya for partnerships that will enhance water access to serve Kerwa, Nduma and the neighboring villages. We are thankful because this project will truly transform this area and greatly improve the standards of living,” said Mr Ichung’wa.
KBL’s water projects come in the wake of the National Water Master Plan 2030 which was launched by the government last year. The Plan’s key objective is to assess and evaluate availability, reliability, quality, and vulnerability of country's water resources.
A study completed by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources indicated that renewable water resources per capita increased from 647 cubic metres in 1997 to 1093m3 in 2010. However due to increase in population, this is expected to decrease to 475m3 in 2030. This is an indicator of the strong need to not only conserve water resources but to also develop and manage them wisely.
EABL Foundation remains committed to partnering with local and national government and communities within Kenya to contribute towards these efforts.
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