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For a long time, people living in the slums could only acquire clean water from a cartel of water vendors who sold it at inflated prices. These water ATMs, however, dispense 20 liters of water for half a Kenyan shilling—which amounts to half an American cent. Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, one which should be furnished for free. But these water ATMs provide, at least, a more afforable alternative to the water vendors, who sell the same amount of water for 50 Kenyan shillings, making clean water a luxury for most Kenyans living in the slums.