Volume 6 | July 2018
KIWASH Updates
WASH highlights from USAID's Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project
Since 2015, all villages in Busia County have been certified as open defecation free. This means that most households use a latrine and wash their hands after visiting the toilet. However, households with a simple pit latrine still suffer with bad smells and flies and are at risk of waterborne diseases. Moreover, in parts of the county where the soil is loose   .................>
Fluoride is a complicated mineral, with the ability to help or hinder human health. Small amounts of fluoride in drinking water can help strengthen teeth and bones. But consuming too much fluoride can lead to severe health complications, such as dental decay, brittle and deformed bones, developmental delays in children,   ... ....................>
What do you get when you mix a company with a small customer base, low revenues, a leaky and costly supply chain and a lack of funding? Usually, this is a recipe for the end to any enterprise. But in Kenya, this is too often what water utilities face on a daily basis.

KIWASH is working with these companies to try to reverse this pattern and   . ..................> 

During the dry season, many communities in Kenya struggle to find enough water to meet their daily needs. As climate change continues to make the dry seasons hotter and longer, and the floods during the rainy season more powerful and destructive, these challenges only grow. Planning for a changing climate can help make the environment more  .............>
Prolonged droughts have always affected the output of hydropower plants in Kenya, forcing the Kenya Power Company to supplement it with diesel, a more expensive alternative. When this happens, it means that some communities that depend entirely on power from the main grid to pump water have to cope with expensive bills, or risk disconnection.     . ..................> 
USAID’s Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KIWASH) Project works to improve the lives and health of one million Kenyans in nine counties. The five-year project (2015–2020) focuses on the development and management of sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services and increased access to irrigation and nutrition services .