The West Pokot County government has put in place measures to mitigate effects of drought through water harvesting as the rain season begins. Governor John Lonyangapuo said the project will boost accessibility of water in the water scarce areas affected by the drought. He said the project will help to address the water shortage and challenges in the area.
Speaking while launching the distribution of the first batch of water tanks to schools and dispensaries in Kapenguria, Lonyangapuo affirmed the project through a partnership between the County government and Rift Valley Water Services Board seeks to mitigate effects of drought. He urged residents embrace water harvesting especially during the rain season for them to have water access during dry seasons. “We encourage families and individuals to harvest enough water in their farms to help crops and animals,” he said.
Lonyangapuo said a total of 83 tanks each with a capacity of 10,000 liters will be distributed adding that the area has few seasonal rivers making it hard for residents to get water. He also observed that the County receives minimal amount of rainfall hence has limited water sources, “This contributes greatly to water scarcity in the area,” he said, “Many areas in this region experience acute water shortages during dry seasons because it is characterized by dry spells ,”he said. He added that it’s vital for residents to know how to harvest rain water.
The West Pokot Governor challenged residents to be on the forefront in environmental conservation to mitigate the effects of global warming. He urged them to participate in tree planting programs in rural and urban areas to combat the adverse effects of climate change.
The County boss said the change in climate patterns has affected farming in the region because farmers are unable to plant crops due to the delay of rains. He noted that climate change has become too erratic for any correct prediction, and these changes are affecting both livestock and crop farmers, on the farm and in their pockets. “So far, this year is perhaps turning out to be one of the worst for farmers. The long rains delayed and farmers are worried they might miss planting maize this season,” he said.