Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

Water or health,what first?

22 March 2012, 11:18 Dennis Omido Ochande

 Prolonged water shortage exposes Kosovo residents in Mathare slum to health risks. They rush, queue and fetch water from a source they believe is clean.

Grace Mueni, a resident of the area says, “Ni kisima kwa sababu maji yanatoka chini.” (It is a borehole because the water comes from underground). Heaps of hazardous wastes surround this water source thereby exposing harm not only to human health but also to the environment.

According to a resident, George Kadima, the water was mainly used for building purposes but this changed due to the increase in the cost of living. “There is a queue here when there is water shortage in this area. The water is fetched until the source dries up forcing us to wait until it fills up to continue fetching again.” Says Kadima.

The high cost of fuel, especially kerosene which most of the people use, forces them to use the water without boiling. The water is used for bathing, washing clothes and utensils and some even drink. The Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, (NCWSC), set up a water kiosk in the area and sell a 20 litre container at KES 2. Some residents say that they only buy drinking water from the kiosk and use the underground water for other chores in their houses since they can not afford to buy 5 to 10 containers per day.

Mr. Evans Wesonga, a water specialist, working with an NGO in the area to provide clean water said that,  regardless of the source, hazardous wastes must be disposed of properly, to avoid creating health risks for people and damage the environment. Contamination can be caused in different ways; typically rainfall seeps through the ground, comes in contact with buried waste or other source of contamination, picks up chemicals, and carries them into the ground water. Some pollutants spread quickly, contaminating ground water several miles from the site. If left unchecked, ground water contamination can continue to spread, increasing the cost of future cleanup, reducing useful water resources, and potentially affecting more people.

The difficulty and costs of cleanups are proof that every effort should be made to prevent ground water from becoming contaminated.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Rift Valley leaders to hold meeti...

Rift Valley leaders will hold a meeting to decide DP William Ruto's place in the Jubilee Party following emergence of Peter Kenneth as a main challenger to his place within the current structure. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
DP Ruto, not Kenneth the main man...

DP William Ruto will be the main man for the Jubilee Party in 2022, Kiraitu Murungi insists. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Jittery times for DP Ruto as Kenn...

Peter Kenneth is a genuine threat to DP William Ruto's 2022 State House bid... and the DP's allies know it. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
I will name those sabotaging DP R...

A Jubilee Party Governor says that he will name and shame those within Jubilee he says are undermining DP William Ruto's 2022 State House plans. Read more...