Today, I join the World in marking the World Water Day 2021.
This day celebrates water and aims to raise awareness of an emerging global water crisis. The core agenda of the celebration is to accelerate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Appropriately, the Theme of the World Water Day is “Valuing Water”. It suggests that there’s more to water than we think. That we need to think of the value of water a bit deeper. Water is not just an economic asset. It is a socio-politico asset. It drives households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment.
In Lamu County, we understand that more than anyone else. Our history has been tied to the lack of water or the deficiency of it. Yet, the narrative should be different, 58 years after Kenya’s independence.
It is for that reason that my Government has made water a central pillar of its social transformation blueprint. We are inspired by a humble thought: we cannot claim to make any meaningful strides if women at home trek long distances in search of clean water or pay exorbitant prices for a jerrican of clean water; children in schools don’t have access to clean water; patients in hospitals do not have clean water and the local economy misses opportunities to grow.
To that effect, we have embarked on a Water Transformation Project: Mai Mekoni, which aims at building and safeguarding sufficient water resources for the benefit of all. Wholesomely, it comprises of 27 water projects in Lamu East and West that espouse to centralise clean drinking water supply and tapped water for all households in Lamu.
As of today, Mai Mekoni has installed portable tap water at Lamu East and impacted approximately over 3,001 households and 17,797 individuals.
We are happy with the progress. Soon Lamu’s water scarcity and inaccessibility will be a thing of the past. This will also be a step in breaking the existing barriers of the historic inequality.
We’d like to thank our partners who have walked with us in solving the water issues including: Ministry of Water through the Water Sector Fund and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through Danish Embassy .
Lamu County Government.