The County Secretary Dr. Mike Parklea led West Pokot County residents in celebrating World Water Day which was held in Katuda school grounds. Speaking on behalf of the Governor, Dr. Parklea applauded the efforts put in by The Department of Water and Rift Valley Water Services Board to make sure that West Pokot residents had access to water services, citing the case of Katuda which has been hard hit by the ongoing drought. He said that the county will push for the completion of mega water projects in the county.
The CS later on led the official launch of the Katuda solar powered borehole which will serve the school and the community.
Douglas Murei - General Manager, Rift Valley Water Services Board pledged to provide 10 water tanks to benefit communities. He further said the board will work hand in hand with The County Government to improve the residents’ livelihoods and access to clean water.
Emily Chepoghisio, CEC-Water, Environment and Natural Resources and Hon. Josiah Petaa- MCA Kiwawa, were not left behind as they extended their appreciation to Rift Valley Water Services Board, promising to work closely for the residence of Katuda to get equal opportunities and access to other services as other areas do. Her sentiments were echoed by Chief Officer Milka Psiwa who said that the department is making every effort to ensure that water is accessible to all the residents of the county, especially those who are currently facing drought.
“We are currently intensifying our water trucking efforts so that water is made accessible to all residents in need.” Said CO Psiwa.
The World Water Day celebration was first started in 1993 by the United Nations with its main purpose as observance of the importance of freshwater resources. Each year since it first started has had a different theme. This year’s theme is, ‘Leaving no one behind’. To mark the day, the guests planted trees in the school.
Present during the celebration were MP Mark Lomunokol, MCAs Susan Aleu, Mary Mlee, Chief Officers Wilson Ngoroko, Anupa Musa, Timothy Lomulem, Elijah Lopuke, Administrators among other county officials and guests.