Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC), has announced that it has managed to reduce its water treatment costs by 30 percent, largely through support of The Coca-Cola Foundation and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which has resulted in an expanded network reaching over 800,000 more of the residents of Nairobi and its immediate environs.
Philip Githinji of Nairobi Water revealed that thanks to a pilot investment of KES 15.2 million by The Coca-Cola Foundation, and a subsequent larger injection of KES 126 million, they were able to establish the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund in 2015.
Since then, Fund has resulted in well over 100 million litres of water being added to Nairobi’s water system per day.
The network extensions have now been handed over to the Water Fund by Coca-Cola, at a ceremony which took place Tuesday 14th May 2019 at the Ndakaini Dam in neighbouring Murang’a County, which supplies a chunk of the capital’s water needs. The partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation, NCWSC and TNC is part of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), a Coca-Cola program which aims to reach six million people across the continent with improved access to safe water by the end of 2020.
While the Tana River provides over 95% of the water in Nairobi, The Water Fund seeks to improve the cleanliness of the water by working far upstream, in the steep hills and farmlands that make up the Maragua, Sagana and Thika-Chania watersheds, all of which feed the Tana River. The Water Fund works with smallholder farmers that rely on the land to improve its management and sustainable use. Additionally, the Fund caters to several activities that not only conserve water, but empower women, reverse deforestation, provide a voice to rural farmers and a platform for communities to come together and ensure a safe, sustainable supply of water for future generations.
“Ensuring every community maintains access to adequate and sustainable water services provides the foundation upon which we can build and contributes to fostering sound economic development and stronger, healthier communities,” said Duncan Kimani, Manufacturing Director of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa.
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The Nature Conservancy has over 30 Water Funds currently in operation globally, including The Greater Cape Town Water Fund, Africa’s second, established in 2016 in response to Cape Town’s growing water struggles. In addition to funding project activities, The Coca-Cola Foundation advises The Nairobi Water Fund’s steering committee, playing an active role in its strategy and success.
“Coca-Cola has been excellent in helping us achieve our goal of improving land management in the watershed and enhancing the capabilities of our partners, Nairobi Water. There are thousands of hardworking farmers that have benefitted from their dedication as well. It’s a great example of how private sector leadership can further the productivity of NGOs and civil entities,” Anthony Kariuki, Manager of The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund remarked.
The Nairobi Water Fund can now boast a KES 758 million endowment whose interest will provide a sustainable source of ongoing funding for watershed conservation activities for many years to come.
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, it has awarded more than $900 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. The Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) was setup in 2009, in response to the severe water challenges faced by nearly 300 million Africans living without access to clean water.
On its part, the Nature Conservancy was founded in 1951, and is largely recognized as the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
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