Marsabit residents, along with four other counties, are set to benefit from a Sh19.3 billion World Bank-funded water project, facilitated by the Water Resource Authority in the Horn of Africa. The five-year initiative aims to enhance the protection of groundwater reservoirs by empowering communities with conservation measures.

During a stakeholders meeting in Marsabit, CECM Water, Environment, and Natural Resource, Mr. Malicha Boru, expressed gratitude for the project, emphasizing its potential to address the county’s water issues. He pledged to ensure effective project implementation, promising increased sustainable access and management of groundwater amid recurring droughts.

The project, focusing on aquifer systems in drought-affected communities in Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, and Turkana, is part of the county’s broader efforts to uplift residents’ lives through water-related initiatives. The administration, under Governor Mohamud Ali, aims to collaborate with stakeholders to provide safe and affordable clean water by constructing more boreholes and dams.

CECM Water urged residents to take ownership of the projects, emphasizing the need for protection to ensure the anticipated benefits reach the people. The government remains committed to safeguarding natural water resources, making clean water accessible for residents.

Hussein Wario Guyo, Water Resource Authority Sub-regional Manager, highlighted the project’s focus on tapping rain and floodwater into sand dams through managed aquifers. Stakeholders’ input, critical for project completion, will aid in drilling and rehabilitating boreholes, creating resilience in communities.

Dr. Samson Oiro from the Water Resource Authority noted the program’s aim to benefit 1.5 million rural residents in the five counties over the next five years. The Horn of Africa Ground Water for Resilience program aims for universal access to safe drinking water, emphasizing regional cooperation for shared objectives.

Marsabit residents welcomed the project, anticipating increased water accessibility and reduced travel distances. They expressed hopes of turning water into income-generating activities, such as farming, to supplement earnings from the livestock trade. Calls for borehole drilling and dam construction to manage water wastage and shortages were echoed by residents, emphasizing the importance of effective project implementation.

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