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UNEP prize: Kenyan among seven world winners

Ms Nzambi Matee is a materials engineer and head of Gjenge Makers, which produces sustainable low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste and sand.

Ms Nzambi Matee, 29, is this year’s African continent’s winner of UNEP Young Champions of the Earth prize. She is a materials engineer and head of her firm, Gjenge Makers. The firm makes low-cost construction materials made of recycled plastic waste and sand. Ms Matee with other six winners each …

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Covid-19: Ruiru Water income back to ‘normal’

Mr Simon Mwangi, managing director, Ruiru-Juja Water and Sewerage Company. He expects the firm to fully recover and expand next year.

It is now nine months since the hygiene crisis started. Hand washing with soap is one way to effectively prevent oneself from getting the virus. Thus water firms had to keep on supplying water as well as hand washing points. As demand for water rose, water firms’ incomes sharply dropped …

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4m Kenyans have no toilet

Kenya handwashing. Water sector trust fund. Water Services Regulatory Board.

Over 900,000 families dispose their human waste in bushes and open spaces. Economic Survey for 2020 shows that about 7.4 per cent of households lack toilet. This is means that about 3.5 million people no toilet. WHO/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme 2017 report found that only 28 per cent of rural …

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How Israel became water tech powerhouse

Mr Zeev Elkin, Israel's minister for Water Resources.

Israel is located in Middle East, which has faced water shortage for thousands of years. In recent years, Israel has aggressively embraced water technologies to meet its water needs. Today, technology has helped Israel have enough water to even sell to its neighbours. Israel is located on a stretch of …

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Government gives water treatment chemicals worth Sh200m

water treatment chemicals

The government has finally given water services firms water treatment chemicals. Covid-19 cause closure of businesses and educational centres thus financially pressing the firms. In addition, a government’s order stops the firms from demanding payment from customers with unpaid bills. These free chemicals will lessen their financial burden. The government …

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UNEP calls for policy, funding to save coral reefs

Coral reefs. Great barrier reef.

The ocean is facing a perfect storm of pollution, overfishing, and climate change. These threats have pushed ecosystems such as coral reefs to the tipping point of collapse. UNEP is inspiring nations and individuals to take action. In Kenya, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is leading in restoring degraded coral. …

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Kenya using low technology to restore coral reefs

Healthy coral reefs in Kenya

Unprecedented increase in sea-surface temperature in 1998 destroyed Kenya’s coral reefs. This reduced Kenya’s coral cover by 50-90 per cent with some sites losing all coral cover. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute is working on a community based reef restoration project. Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute is helping protect …

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State to give water firms chemicals worth Sh200m

Kenya government, JICA donate water treatment chemicals to water services firms.

Water services firms are under financial pressure since March when revenues started falling following closure of businesses and education institutions because of Covid-19. In addition, the government ordered water firms not to cut water supply to customers for unpaid bills. As a result, firms are finding it difficult to pay …

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