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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Progress on achieving SDG 6

2020 Voluntary National Review

Kenya reported a slight improvement in the percentage of households who use safely managed drinking water services, from 72.6% in 2016 to 73.3% in 2019, as well as a slight improvement in the percentage of households using safely managed sanitation services, from 65.7% in 2017 to 68% in 2019. The country highlighted to face challenges in ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, including issues with pollution and degradation of catchment areas, untreated or inadequately treated municipal sewerage, inadequate water storage infrastructure, lengthy land acquisition process for water and sanitation projects, and a slow implementation of the Last Mile Water Connectivity Project leading to trans-county conflicts on water resources.  

Kenya outlined multiple ongoing strategies to rectify some of the above-mentioned issues, including: Conducting baseline surveys on the indicators lacking data; Activation of the Kenya Water Pooled Fund Framework; Increasing water storage capacity for domestic and industrial use by 623 mm3 by constructing larger medium and small size dams; Undertaking the last consumer water connections in collaboration with county governments; and Improving climatic data collection for planning and flood early warning. They reported that the Government of Kenya, together with development partners, has developed campaigns to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing with soap and water—the High 5 for Handwashing Campaign is supported by Unilever East Africa and is committed to change the handwashing behavior of 12 million Kenyans by 2020 through education and empowerment of underprivileged communities.  

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