Emboo River decreased its water consumption by 90%.


How did we do that? Together with AGUAINC, a company which is reshaping the future of water waste management. 

Did you know that, according to the UN, nearly 80 % of wastewater remains untreated when discharged? This has a horrible impact on nature and causes health concerns for communities. Unclean water and poor sanitation are a main reason for child mortality, as diarrhea causes 1.5 million child deaths per year, mostly among children under five living in developing countries.  This is needs to change.

AGUAINC uses indigenous plants to treat waste water. AGUAINC optimised this process  through its innovative ABIS (Aquatic Biological Integrated Systems) water-treatment method. The ABIS  filters water through matrices of floating plants.


Emboo River’s water treatment relies on these local wetland plants:

  • Juncus Effusus

  • Cyperus Alopecuroides

  • Typha spp Dominguensis

  • Cyperus

  • Canna edulis K

  • Cyperus alternifolius (involucratus)


The plants were identified by AGUAINC together with the Maasai Community and excel at filtering water. The leaves above water eliminate carbon. The roots of the plants serve as water filters. As a result, our waste water is clean again and ready to be reused for flushing of toilets, irrigation and the workshop for example.


Emboo River is proud to create no effluent waste water. Following an extensive study on and visit to Emboo River, the Director of Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) authorised Emboo River to not apply for an effluent waste license. NEMA's support to Emboo River's full eco mission is very important.

Emboo River's water treatment system is an important factor  in protecting and providing clean water resources for the Maasai Mara community. On top of that, our wastewater treatment even looks nice! It is a small wetland space, which attracts frogs and birds.

Check out below video to see how it works!


Emboo River’s swimming pool uses the same technology to stay clean: local wetland plants.


The swimming pool is topped up with fresh water from a well.  A solar pump keeps the water in motion and moves the water through a sand filter which removes debris.  Next the water passes via a waterfall that adds oxygen to the water.

Lastly, the water is filtered from any bacteria by the local wetland plants. No chemicals are used.


The plants are not only great for cleaning the water, they also look beautiful and provide a popular spot for frogs, dragonflies and other small insects.


Emboo River partners with the local organisation Friends of the Mara on several community projects.

One of these projects is called "Enkare Sidai" and is operated by 'Kimelok Women'.

'Kimelok Women' is the first all-women run water distribution enterprise in Kenya and provides purified disease-free water to villages and local businesses, while generating vital financial resources for women. Thanks to this project, women do not need to gather water from contaminated rivers and ponds in areas where they could encounter wild animals.


'Enkare Sidai' means "purified water" and is the brand name of the bottled water the women are selling.

The water is purified by the SunSpring ultrafiltration system and generates 20,000 liters of purified water per day.

Learn more about Friends of the Mara and their partnership with Emboo River
via the below video.

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