Project Status

Project Type:  Urban Water Kiosk

Program: Urban Water Kiosks

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Oct 2012

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Community Profile

Mnazi Mmoja is an informal settlement in Mombasa, located in the Kisauni Constituency. The area encompasses around 10 acres of land and has a population of around 4000. In such informal spaces the inhabitants struggle with many challenges. Access to adequate water is a primary concern.

This project is one of two that TWP is working on with our partner in the field. We have been involved in the design process, and are hopeful that the model of community run water kiosks in urban environments is one that we can develop further in the coming months.

The projects are collaborative, and include the municipal water utilities, local community based organisations and community members in all project planning and delivery. The key aim of this program is to facilitate the installation of community managed water kiosks, providing both clean affordable water to people living in informal settlements as well as a source of income within the community.

These kiosk projects utilise the municipal water supply. The water is carried from the main line and stored in a tank above the kiosk, and feeds two taps at ground level. The Water User Committee (WUC) will manage the facility, serving the community and charging an affordable rate per jerry can. The committee will manage the funds - with support from Pamoja Trust - and pay monthly water bills at commercial rates.

As well as the kiosk and corresponding community management structure, Pamoja Trust, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health are also running hygiene and sanitation promotion workshops, and engaging the community in discussions around public health, hygiene and sanitation.

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People living in informal settlements in urban environments are often left with little option but to buy water from private vendors at inflated rates. Water utilities have typically neglected to install infrastructure, and given the lack of land tenure local communities cannot develop the piped networks themselves.

Hand carts carrying jerry cans are an often seen site in such places, with the water on sale costing many times the standard market rate. In rural areas people without piped supply resort to using rivers, streams or ponds. In urban areas these options are rarely available. The real strength of these projects lies in the collaboration between the utility, the community and the government, which allows for piped networks in areas that have previously been considered too high risk for the utility to consider. 


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