Most Kenyans do not pay for water use, survey shows

Most Kenyans do not pay for water use, survey shows
  • Over half of citizens use water for free as they fail to pay for the commodity’s usage
  • Women bear the brunt of water collection in Kenyan households

Majority of Kenyans do not pay for water they use in their households as most are dissatisfied with the delivery of the precious commodity by county governments, a survey has shown.

This is according to research studies released today by Twaweza East Africa in a brief titled Half empty or half full? Water, sanitation and hygiene in Kenya. The brief is based on data from Sauti za Wananchi, Africa’s first nationally representative high-frequency mobile phone survey that sampled 1741 respondents countrywide from 5 to 28 November 2016.

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A water vendor pushes his handcart containing water he passes along Moi Avenue in Nairobi on MondayFebruary 29.Some businessman especially those operating restaurants and hotels have complained of water shortage forcing them to buy them from water vendors (Photo: The Star Kenya)

The findings show that 59% of Kenyans do not pay for water at all with the figure being higher in urban areas (51%) than in the rural settings (32%). Fewer than half of citizens at 40% of respondents pay for water use with the likelihood of payment being higher in richer households than in poorer ones.

The burden of water collection in households falls on women and children at 71% and 12% respectively whereas male heads are only involved at 5%.

Six in ten of the respondents (58%) expressed dissatisfaction with how their county governments provide water services.

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