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A mobile app that could solve Nairobi’s water supply problems

  • By Pamela Okutoyi
  • January 18, 2021
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Turning on the tap to get a glass of water, brush your teeth or take a shower should not be a guessing game. A metallic taste, sulfuric smell or unsightly residue cannot only ruin a cold drink, but also can be a hazard to health and home. More so, the lack of access and the costly supply of water in the urban areas is becoming an urgent problem.

Recent news express serious concerns about the pace of improvements to the water supply in the face of a rapidly growing population. According to the United Nations, more than 90 percent of the population in Kenya’s urban areas had access to clean water in 1990. Today, it is estimated that only fifty percent of Nairobi’s 4.5 million residents have direct access to piped water. Most residents obtain their water from kiosks, vendors and illegal connections.

To combat this water dilemma, a team of young innovators from Kenya has developed a mobile app called MajiPap to help improve access to clean water in Nairobi.

MajiPap is a mobile platform that enables users to locate and hail water trucks closest to them using mobile message or WhatsApp instantly. With the aim of making water supply more reliable and efficient, MajiPap beachhead market is targeting middle to low income residential areas who constitute about 75 percent of the population in Nairobi.

Currently, the startup is still within its research and development phase and founder Selby says that water supply in Nairobi is expensive and very unreliable. This technology will hail more customers since most estates in Nairobi are geographically close and the population is more tech savvy. In addition, water will be significantly cheaper with fast delivery and assured quality.

Ready for MajiPap

A survey conducted during the development of the prototype suggests that 96 percent of representatives from all segments found the current water supply system to be inefficient and unreliable, causing delays and losses. 71 percent of potential users expressed that they were eager for MajiPap.