Kibera’s residents pay more for water than wealthy surrounding neighbourhoods, as they are forced to buy tap water at exorbitant prices from vendors and water cartels who operate without any regulatory mechanisms.
Houses in Kibera lack toilets and a direct connection to clean water. Access to sewage, drainage and garbage collection is non-existent. Hundreds of people usually share communal latrines. When the latrines fill up, they drain directly into the Ngong river that cuts through the settlement or empties it.
AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF SAFE DRINKING WATER IS UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AS A BASIC HUMAN NEED.
Even though policy changes and infrastructure improvements are significant, studies have shown that improving the water quality has no impact if the sanitation is not improved.