CALLS TO CONSERVE FOREST COVER ECHOED AS WORLD MARKS WATER DAY

Kakamega County joined the rest of the world in marking World Water Day as the county government stepped up efforts to provide safe, clean and affordable water to households across the county. This year’s county celebrations themed, ‘Nature for water’ were held at Shamiloli Grounds, Murhanda Ward, Shinyalu Sub County where every speaker reiterated the need to guard and preserve the ecosystem to ensure a safe water¬†supply to homes.

County CEC member for Water, Environment and Natural resources Mr. John Wangwe said the county government has already rolled out a blue print aimed at providing clean, piped water to households in the county. He called on residents to get involved in the county programmes geared towards realizing a safer environment such as planting of ‘nature friendly’ trees. Mr. Wangia announced that the government has set up a drilling unit that will be tasked with ensuring boreholes drilled in the county are up to the required standards.

Kakamega County Assembly Committee Chairman on Water, Environment and Natural Resources Hon. Swaka Limera said the county assembly is in the process of passing a bill to allocate funds to the Ministry to empower residents living near rivers to plant trees along the banks.

The event was also graced by representatives from partner organisations such as USAID, KIWASH, NEMA and KACWASCO among others.