Nairobi's water board, in partnership with the Grundfos Group, owned by the Danish Poul Due Jensen Foundation, is providing four water vending machines for easy access to clean and cheap water around the poor Mathare area in Nairobi.
Water can be bought with a smart card topped up via a mobile phone or a payment kiosk. The going rate at present is half a shilling for 20 litres of water, which is considerably cheaper than water sold by the traditional vendors.
Grundfos water ATMs have been used in rural areas but this is the first time they are being used in an urban environment. The ATMs also stop water waste and leakage, a major problem in many areas.
Grundfos group has two other offices in Africa, in Accra and Johannesburg.