Kenya's industry embraces Chinese technology for more clean water

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NAIROBI, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's water bottling industry plans to embrace more Chinese technology to enhance access to clean water in the country, an official said on Thursday.

Henry Kabogo, chairperson of Water Bottlers Association of Kenya (WBAK), told Xinhua in Nairobi that access to clean drinking water remains a challenge in both urban and rural areas.

"The water bottling industry prefers to use Chinese technology for cottage industries that serve local communities with affordable clean water solutions," Kabogo said during the WBAK's annual general meeting.

Kabogo added that before the entry of Chinese water bottling technology, packaged water was the preserve of the middle and high income segments of the population.

The chairman observed that Chinese technology has also dramatically changed the landscape of the water drinking sector, where approximately 700 small and medium enterprises control about 70 percent of the market share.

"Our members are strategically located across the country, with each serving a small community," he added.

Kabogo revealed that the bulk of the bottling industry sources water from boreholes or local government water which they purified and packaged through the use of Chinese sourced machines. Enditem

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