The Kenyan government recently partnered with a Danish engineering company to install a series of water ATMs in the Nairobi slums. The project is aimed at bringing clean and affordable water to the people to Nairobi.
The water ATMs can be accessed through the use of smart cards. These cards store water credits, which users can then use to purchase clean water. A user simply swipes their card and water will be dispensed from the machine. The machines will dispense as much as 20 liters of water for the price of half a Kenyan shilling. This service is significantly cheaper than going through the cartel of water vendors who often charge inflated prices.
While the water ATMs may not be entirely free, they do provide a significantly cheaper and more accessible source of water for Kenyans living in the slums of Nairobi.