Kenyans asked to embrace water treatment to avoid high cost of bottled water and health risks


NAIROBI…Kenyans could avoid the high cost of bottled water that is expected to be felt when the taxation of the commodity takes effect. Leading water and energy solutions company Davis & Shirtliff has said there are options to accessing clean drinking water that are healthier and which will translate into cost saving for consumers in the long-run. Bottled water is now a common feature in Kenya from homes to offices, restaurants and even aeroplanes, but Davis & Shirtliff CEO David Gatende says the timing is right for Kenyans to embrace water treatment avenues to access clean drinking water which include domestic, industrial and commercial.

‘’There’s a general belief that bottled water is pure and healthy, but exactly so is treated water. Increasingly sophisticated water treatment systems are available as an alternative as they help purify your water. These systems guarantee a constant supply of fresh and clean water and ensure you don’t continually need to purchase the bottled,’’ said David Gatende, CEO of Davis & Shirtliff.


Mr Gatende pointed out that the water treatment solutions available in the market today treat most prevailing conditions including turbidity, salinity, hardness, mineralization and bacterial contamination adding that equipment range in size from small domestic units to plants for small communities. They are all reasonably priced and hence accessible for all users depending on their specific setting and needs.

“The Kenya Bureau of Standards recently released a report that 157 water bottling companies are operating illegally. Some of the issues they highlighted was that some of these companies operate in unhygienic conditions and are using suspect water with fake labelling. Kenyans do not have to be subjected to this. They can take control of the water they drink and its cleanliness through water treatment,” Mr Gatende added.


Water treatment will also ensure that Kenyans do not have to be vulnerable to the health risks that come with plastic water bottles. The debate on whether plastic water bottles are safe recently resurfaced after a global report was released indicating that some of the world renowned brands have small pieces of plastic were found in their bottled water.

“With water treatment, we will not only avoid these health risks but we will also keep our environment clean. If you walk around the city today, plastic bottles are littered everywhere, this could be the reason why NEMA considered banning plastic water bottles,” Mr Gatende pointed out.


Some of the water treatment solutions available as the Davis & Shirtliff CEO pointed out include filter bodies and cartridges, under sink Reverse Osmosis, ultra violet and table top domestic purifiers.

“The under sink reverse osmosis for example fits conveniently under the sink. It utilizes reverse osmosis technology to produce totally pure water from clean municipal sources. Specification includes three stage pre-treatment through sediment and carbon filters, reverse osmosis treatment, final treatment with carbon filter for taste and UV sterilizer as the sixth stage. It also features Hidrotek and Filmtec membranes and a 10L steel tank and available in either a 200litres a day or 400litres per day output,” Mr Gatende explained.


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