World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is‘Nature for Water’– exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
As the world over marked this very important day in the UN calendar, Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources led celebrations held at Naramam Secondary School, a school surrounded by indigenous trees, that coincides with this year's theme 'Nature for Water.'
The Chief Guest Augustine Monges who is also the CECM-Trade, Industry and Energy read the governor's speech which recognized the importance of bilateral relations between the county and its development partners.
In his speech, Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo said that every effort must be made to conserve and sustain water resources. He further reiterated that proper water harvesting mechanisms will greatly deliver the people of West Pokot from water scarcity, which has been a problem for years.
Mr. Monges said that devolution has made it possible for counties to prioritize its projects with regards to the people's needs.
"Over the past years, our people have been forced to travel long distances in search of water. Now that devolution is here, it's time we avail water resources to everyone in this county." He said.
He also applauded the department of water for the efforts it has made towards provision of clean water to the locals.
His counterpart CECM Jackson Yaralima said that his ministry has great plans for the people of West Pokot.
"What we have done as a department is just the tip of the iceberg. In the next few years, water will no longer be a problem."
Chief Officer Milka Psiwa pointed out that as a woman; she understands the hardships that women have had to endure in order to get access to clean water.
“This is a great day for me. Development is not possible without water. As a woman, I understand the kind of water crisis we've had as a county. Let's conserve our water catchment areas.”
Chief Officer Peter Adoki stressed her sentiments saying that water will only be available if environment is protected. He said that more arrests will be made if anyone will be caught selling or buying charcoal, saying that damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption.
Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihood.
Sustainable Development Goal commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
Present were CEC Joel Arumonyang, Dr. Raymond Nyeris-Intergovernmental Relations, MCAs, representatives from World Vision, Water Resources Authority, GIZ-International Water Stewardship Programme & Equity Bank.