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Kenya’s New ATMs Bring Clean, Affordable Water to Nairobi’s Slums

The easy-to-operate machines mean impoverished Kenyans will no longer be stuck buying water from price-gouging vendors.

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The Kenyan government is installing water vending machines in the slums of Nairobi to address the city’s increasingly dire lack of clean water accessibility. In partnership with a Danish water engineering company, they’ve placed four of the water ATMs, which can be accessed with “smart cards,” around the impoverished neighborhood of Mathare. Users store “water credits” on their smart cards, which they can then use to purchase clean water. A simple swipe of the card sends water gushing out of a pipe into whatever container is positioned to collect it.

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It's Not Rocket Science: Students Need Clean Drinking Water

Imagine the only drink available to you is from a vending machine. There’s no water fountain to take a sip from or use to fill a bottle for later.

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This post is brought to you by GOOD with support from The California Endowment, Health Happens Here in Schools.

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Mermaids Are Awesome: Small Town Hairdresser's Alter Ego Fights for Clean Water

With her seashell bra and gold lame´ fin, Vira Burgerman crusades for a healthy coast. She's taking her message to the global mermaid community.

Vira Burgerman makes a living styling hair in a cute little town on the Russian River in Sonoma County, California, but she grew up working on commercial fishing boats in nearby Bodega Bay, and she's got an unusually strong connection to the sea. These days when she's not clipping and perming, this 46 year-old assumes an alter ego—the California Mermaid—and she dolphin kicks at the drop of a captain's cap for just about any watershed protection event, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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