Davis and Shirtliff connects 700,000 people to clean water in pandemic year

A local woman uses a Davis and Shirtliff rehabilitated borehole in Lopur Primary School, Turkana County, Kenya.
A local woman uses a Davis and Shirtliff rehabilitated borehole in Lopur Primary School, Turkana County, Kenya. PHOTO/COURTESY

Water and energy solutions provider Davis & Shirtliff (D&S) has connected 700,000 people to clean water in 2020 alone, helping many disadvantaged communities improve their livelihoods and sanitation standards required to fight the spread of COVID-19.

According to D&S, the company has completed at least 140 water and sanitation projects in the country, the majority of which are in rural communities. This is the highest number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects undertaken by the water company over the last three years underscoring the firm’s commitment to improving the livelihoods of people.

“Our commitment is to improve the lives of disadvantaged communities, and this year we have greatly increased our activities completing 140 projects that have impacted the lives of over 700,000 people,” said Davis & Shirtliff Commercial Director Edward Davis.

The firm, through its “Improving Lives Program”, has collaborated with various partners to provide access to safe and potable water, to needy communities and institutions caring for underprivileged children.

“While we have driven many of these projects, we have worked closely with various partners, some the communities themselves and other corporate or donor organizations who have been able to benefit from our expertise and we are grateful for their support,” Mr. Davis added.

The water-stressed environment within Sub-Saharan Africa was highlighted as a major challenge that made it difficult towards controlling the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. In Kenya, a staggering 19 million people currently lack access to basic drinking water sources.

While Africa has made significant progress in the fight to ensure the availability of water and sanitation for all, the Davis & Shirtliff Commercial Director says a lot still needs to be done through concerted efforts between the government and private sector players.

“Sustainable management of water resources and access to safe water and sanitation is essential for unlocking economic growth and productivity and provides significant leverage for existing investments in health and education,” Mr. Davis concluded.

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