Kenya Drinking Water Mystery
I pride myself in understanding the water of the world, normally understanding water systems in countries is easy, however Kenya is still a mystery.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Siaya is the closest city to Kogelo, the Homestead of Barack Obama.
There is a coin in the bottom of this pitcher of water.
I have been observing the color of the water that comes out of the faucet as I cross the country of Kenya. This is the first country I ever visited where the water was consistently muddy looking.
This water was in Kisumu, Kenya very close to Lake Victoria, there cannot be a shortage of water her.
This is a mystery to me…
There are countries like Mexico and Thailand where the locals refuse to drink the water. The locals in Kenya drink the water, normally if the water is truly bad; the locals refuse to drink it. I talked with a pharmacist in Kericho, Kenya, he said the water was treated and had lots of chlorine, there was no problem drinking the water from the tap. Now I am in Siaya, Kenya, the water is still muddy looking and I had a conversation with the receptionist, she again told me the water is well treated.
When I was in Kigoris, if I asked for drinking water, the women would go to somewhere special and bring a pitcher of water, however it was still muddy.
I have found these water dispensers in the cheaper hotels, for some reason they do not offer any type of water dispensers in my middle priced Hotel. Often they will put clear looking water on the restaurant table; however, I can never find a big bottle of purified water.
I go in the stores, I can count the bottles on the shelves, the locals could not be drinking purified water. I do not see purified water delivery trucks making daily delivery. The people of Kenya are drinking the water from the tap. These is not a walk-to-the-well and carry the water home country, I think China has installed many water tanks.
Here is another water dispenser; I have found many similar looking water dispensers around the country.
I am confused, I have been in this country for about three weeks, I continually ask about the water, and they continually act as if it is not a problem. Maybe the Water and Sewer department of Kenya continually tells them the water is safe to drink, a truly good marketing program.
The cost of a liter of drinking water is about 60 shillings; this is about double countries like Mexico where he water is for sure bad. Water is just a little cheaper than a Coca Cola, there is lot of beer and soda sold in Kenya; however, the amount of purified water sold is small in comparison.