A Water and Sanitation Needs Assessment for Kisumu City, Kenya

Maoulidi, Moumie

The city of Kisumu is located in Western Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria, the second
largest fresh water lake in the world; yet the city is characterized by chronic water shortages.
Research on the water sector in Kisumu City also shows that water and sanitation services are
not keeping pace with the rapid population growth. Many low-income residents living in
informal settlements and peri-urban areas lack access both to clean water and to safe and
environmentally sound sanitation facilities. The city desperately needs an efficient water supply
system and improved sanitation services. Hygiene education also needs to be accorded priority,
mainly because water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid contribute to
numerous deaths every year.

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Academic Units
Millennium Cities Initiative
Millennium Cities Initiative
MCI Social Sector Working Paper Series, 12/2010
Published Here
July 6, 2011