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April 10, 2024

Vihiga residents urged To protect water sources

Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo has urged residents to cease planting non-native trees in areas crucial for water collection to safeguard these vital water sources.

Ottichilo expressed concern that the introduction of high-water-consuming eucalyptus trees near streams and wetlands has caused them to dry up, resulting in environmental harm.

Speaking during the inauguration of the Gaga water project in Gisambai area, Ottichilo highlighted the significance of World Water Day. This project, with a daily capacity of 120,000 liters, aims to benefit over 2,000 households in Gisambai and North Maragoli Wards.

Emphasizing the importance of preserving the ecosystem, Ottichilo advocated for the cultivation of indigenous tree species, which are more environmentally friendly.

He reiterated his administration’s dedication to providing clean and safe water access to every household within the next five years. To reduce operational costs and protect the environment, Ottichilo disclosed plans to utilize solar power for pumping water to overhead reservoirs.

Additionally, Ottichilo announced the commencement of the Emanyinya water project in Central Bunyore location, slated for completion in two months. This initiative aims to enhance water accessibility by implementing last-mile water connectivity and drilling boreholes in schools. Currently, three boreholes have been completed, with a target of 31 by year-end.

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