Lifestraw, Kenya

Sustainable Deployment of the LifeStraw® Family in Rural Kenya

Project Number: GS 886

Standard: Gold Standard

Technology Type: Energy Efficiency – Domestic (Safe Water Provision)

Project Location: 687 distribution sites across 19 districts throughout the Western Province of the Republic of Kenya

Project Description

The project distributed in rural Kenya over one million LifeStraw® Family units.

These units are an instant microbiological purifier that delivers at least 18,000 litres of EPA-quality drinking water, enough to supply a family of five with microbiologically clean drinking water for three years.

These point-of-use water filters treat contaminated drinking water, reducing the demand for conventional water treatment through boiling water with non-renewable biomass.  The system requires no electricity or additional consumables beyond the unit itself.

With the assistance of carbon finance, this project is economically sustainable and provides a significant improvement in public health

Project With Benefits

Sustainability co-benefits, beyond the carbon, associated with this project include:

First programme directly linking carbon credits with safe drinking water.

100,000’s of small household interventions create one of the world’s largest carbon reduction projects.

Saves 1.5 million tonnes of wood from being burned each year, slowing deforestation among Kenya’s dwindling woodland.
1.35 million tonnes of CO2 avoided in first 6 months.  By reducing pressure on the forests, it helps to maintain Kenya’s biodiversity.

LifeStraw offers a point-of-use water treatment solution, widely seen as an effective means of delivering safe drinking water.  It empowers Kenyans who can now filter their own drinking water.

It was planned to deliver an estimated 4.8 billion litres of safe drinking water annually to 4.5 million people.

Reduces incidence of waterborne diseases achieving a statistically significant reduction in the odds of diarrhoea, dysentery and severe dehydration among under-5’s using it exclusively.

Women and children spend less time gathering and carrying firewood and it reduces their exposure to poor air quality from burning firewood to heat water.

It addresses four UN Millennium Development Goals: reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating diseases; and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Thousands of jobs have been created locally to distribute filters and monitor usage during twice-yearly campaigns.  User training is provided upon installation.

Regular visits continue every 6 months to ensure that the filters are in working condition and that each householder is happy using their filter.