Kenya: Assembo Project

What are we going to do:

  • Global Water Consortium (GWC) is proposing the establishment of a sustainable small sustainable project that manufactures and distributes safe drinking water in and around Asembo, Kenya.
  • Currently a gracious donor has donated a Solestreme™ water purification unit, two large (10,000 gallon) storage tanks, and a building in Asembo.
  • GWC will complete this project that will have a mobile manufacture and distribution business for the surrounding communities while filing and maintaining the current large water storage tanks in Asembo.
  • This project will provide water for over 10,000 Kenyans.
  • GWC has completed an on-site assessment in June and July of 2016.

The case for change:

  • Despite being located on the largest fresh water lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Victoria, safe drinking water is scare for the local population.
  • There are large portions of the world that lack drinkable water which leads to both primary and secondary health problems causing unnecessary disease and death and Kenya is no exception.
  • 17,550 people per year die in Kenya from poor water, sanitation, and hygiene. 15,390 of these are children under 5 years old. That translates to 48 deaths per day with 42 of those deaths being children under 5 years old.
  • To impact this, GWC will partner with an established business person who is a native of Asembo who is currently located in nearby Nairobi to establish the small sustainable water manufacture and distribution project.
  • There are many different types of water sources in Asembo but they all contain contaminated water. Local canals harbor disease and particulate matter including the Ogun River.
  • Current solutions are typically onetime events that are not sustainable such as the drilling of wells.
  • While the drilling of wells is reasonable and necessary, they can provide sub-standard and contaminated water over a period of time. Wells provide better water but many studies are showing that these wells become contaminated. In the African Journal of Microbiology there are research reports stating the “prevalence and significance of fungi in sachet and borehole drinking water.
  • Education is critical in helping the local business person and population understand the importance of clean water and basic principles of maintaining clean water.

How we are going to make a difference:

  • To accomplish this project, GWC will use the operational model that includes mobile Solestreme™ water purification technology, bicycle and or truck operated nodes of transportation/distribution, as well as business and supply chain applications.
  • The mobile Solestreme™ technology produces up to 21,600 gallons of purified water every twenty four hours with a unit weighing only 60 pounds that has the following dimensions: 28 inches x12 inches x19 inches.
  • These small sustainable projects are established based on onsite sponsorship, evaluation, and monitoring where a local individual becomes a franchise owner of the project.
  • Financial capital is provided by GWC via philanthropic donors and individual projects.
  • GWC provides business operational startup and monitoring over the life of the project.
  • After a three-year process that proves capability, GWC will officially graduate to a franchised project owner.
  • This change is status includes an onsite review.
  • GWC will remain available for assistance and insight.
  • Benefits include: clean, safe water, women having time to do other things for their family, children having time to do homework and play.
  • Secondary benefits include food preservation as well as health and wellness monitoring.



  • Expected: 35 lives per year saved; 175 lives saved over 5 yr project cycle; $514 USD to save 1 life.
  • Expected: 42,695 lives positively impacted per year (213,475 per 5 yr project cycle) with the elimination of illness (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and intestinal worms); $0.42 USD to positively impact 1 life.
  • Above numbers based on a 12-hour work day, reasonable to expect a 12-hour work day.


  • This project will be able to provide water for people in 48-60 communities around Raschar, Asembo. This project will be able to manufacture enough drinking water (128,084 liters in 12 hrs. operation/day) to provide drinking water for 42,695 people or all water needs for 2,135 family units. Most family units send a women 3 times a day to get ~ 20 Liters (1 load) walking 2 – 10 Kilometers (1.25 – 6.25 miles) one way to get one “load” of water.


  • Mr. David Sonye will be the GWC project manager (see picture).
  • Mr. Fred Omondi and Mr. Stephen Ogutu are two men who will run the water project in the bush of Raschar in Asembo Kenya (see picture of project site).

What it will take:

  • Plan: Use existing UV machine, building, and tanks to make a non-mobile water manufacturing plant using the primary and secondary water source. Will need to add power, additional pumping, pipes, filtering processes. Will need to re-do current plumbing. Will need to add mechanisms to distribute (population density is low); vehicle, containers/lids, etc.
  • There will be three phases to this project for GWC.
    • Phase 1 – $6,500.00 United States Dollars (USD) for a team of two to conduct a 10 day onsite visit in summer of 2016 with the following goals:
      • First, conduct interviews with local leadership related to goals and capabilities – Completed!
      • Second, assess current infrastructure and need capability – Completed!
      • Third, develop a project scope and plan for Asembo’s needs, including the integration of existing equipment – Developed.
      • Fourth, develop a budget, timeline, and funding plan for project initiation and implementation in Asembo. – Developed.
    • Phase 2 – Asembo specific funds for three-year pilot project: $90,000 - Needed. This amount will completely fund the start-up, travel, and all capital and operational equipment to get the local business up and running for a three-year period.
  • Timeline: Implement Aug 2018

Pictures from 2016 Site Visit

Primary water source in Raschar, Asembo region.
The clump of trees in the middle is the location of a “well” with “sweet water”
Secondary water source (well) Raschar, Asembo region.
Fred obtaining some water samples out of the “sweet water well”
Existing infrastructure for the Asembo project.
Woman getting water from the river (primary water source).
Meeting one of the local women in Raschar, Asembo.
Showing a local boy his picture. He didn’t understand English and after a few minutes ran off back into the bush.
Pete Savard with David Soyne, GWC’s Asembo project manager.
Mr. Fred Omondi (Left) and Mr. Stephen Ogutu. GWC’s Asembo project future employees.
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