In a joint effort, the Department of Water, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources, in collaboration with Climate Neutral Kenya (CNK), embarked on a mission today to distribute water filters to residents across several wards in Nakuru County. The distribution covered Weseges, Subukia, Kabazi, Dundori, and Lanet Umoja Wards, marking a significant stride towards improving the quality of drinking water and promoting environmental conservation.
The initiative, spearheaded by Dr. Nelson Maara, the County Executive Committee Member for Water and Environment, aims to enhance community well-being by providing access to clean water. The water filters, once distributed, will be maintained at no cost to the residents, ensuring a sustainable and long-term solution to water quality challenges.
Moses Atemba, the Managing Partner at Climate Neutral, emphasized the broader environmental impact of this initiative. By reducing the reliance on boiling water using firewood, the project directly contributes to mitigating climate change. The preservation of trees is crucial in maintaining ecological balance and minimizing the carbon footprint associated with deforestation.
One of the key benefits of this endeavor is the potential reduction in water-borne diseases. Access to clean water is a fundamental right, and initiatives like these play a vital role in safeguarding public health. As the community adopts these water filters, the risk of water-related illnesses is expected to decrease significantly.
The event saw the participation of various stakeholders committed to the cause. Chief Officer for Environment and Climate Change, Kennedy Mungai, along with local representatives including Hon. Isabella Makori (Subukia MCA), Hon. George Talam (Kabazi MCA), and Hon. Gathuita Mwangi (Dundori MCA), demonstrated unity in addressing community needs.
Further support came from Roseline Cheruto (Subukia Sub-County Administrator) and Ward Administrators Gitonga Kinyanjui, Lilian Wanjiku, and Ruth Murugi. Their collective presence underscored the collaborative spirit required to implement sustainable projects that benefit both residents and the environment.
As these water filters find their way into households, a ripple of positive change is expected to spread, leaving a lasting impact on health, the environment, and the overall resilience of Nakuru communities. The initiative stands as a testament to the county’s commitment to holistic solutions that address immediate needs while fostering a sustainable and eco-friendly future.