In 2012 Umande partnered with Cranfield University to deliver innovation and choices in water supply in the informal settlements of Nairobi and Kisumu. Along with paying up to nine times more than typical utility bulk water prices, residents in Kenya’s slums must spend a significant amount of time collecting water from standposts or water kiosks, where they fill and carry 20l jerrycans with water.
The joint Water Choices project aimed at providing consumers with an improved way to access and pay for water through the implementation of a series of innovative water delivery techniques. These water choice techniques included the construction of water kiosks & infrastructure, the improvement of current infrastructure (pipes, pumps, tanks, hoses, etc.), the creation of water infrastructure at residences, and the implementation of alternative price & payment methods, such as increasing rent or providing a water delivery option. Implemented a total of 8 bio-centers in Kibera, Mukuru, Korogocho, Obunga, and Bandani, the project improved consumers water choices, giving them options and saving them time, money, and energy.