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Kenyans get safe water

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KAKAMEGA, KENYA - Today's water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but access.
Every day, inaccessibility to clean water and sanitation kills thousands, leaving others with reduced quality of life. Dirty water transmits cholera, dysentery, typhoid among other diseases.
The Danish company - Vestergaard Frandsen has developed a device, LifeStraw that uses halogen-based resin filters to kill bacteria on contact and hence making even the murkiest of water safe for drinking.
"Safe water interventions have vast potential to transform the lives of millions," explained Mikkel Vestergaard Frandsen CEO of Vestergaard Frandsen.
"LifeStraw empowers individuals to take charge of their own lives, as well as members of their own family, and improve overall household water consumption."
LifeStraw is a nine inch long mobile personal water purification tool that transforms surface water to safe drinking water and ultimately thwarts the threat of deadly waterborne diseases. It was developed to provide an accessible, effective solution to the urgent need for safe water intervention. The 3.5 oz. "straw" which is comprised of seven filters including mesh, active carbon and halogenated resin can filter up to 185 gallons of water, killing 99.99% of all bacteria.
Vestergaard Frandsen has started a donation drive aimed at providing over one million LifeStraw Family water filters to households near the Uganda boarder in the Western Province of Kenya.  The province-wide, door-to-door, free distribution program will last five weeks and will reach about 90 percent of all homes without access to safe municipal water sources. The campaign dubbed 'Carbon for Water' is expected to provide at least ten years worth of safe drinking water to households without any cost to the local residents, governmental agencies or donor groups.
 Like many people in sub-Saharan Africa, rural Kenyans boil their water to eliminate waterborne diseases, using mostly wood fires. Those fires generate a large amount of carbon, and eliminating the need to boil water means fewer emissions from Kenya.
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