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Water crisis detrimental to Kenya

27 March 2012, 17:06 Philip Kithome

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United Nation's General Assembly declared 22 March as the World Water Day, attention on vitality of freshwater and advocating of sustainability of freshwater resources was the theme of the day this year which directly or indirectly por trayed a lot of irony to the current state of Kenyan water sources.As Kenyan population grows so does the demand for agricultural land and other personal uses such as grazing grounds

This issue has seen most of the communities that inhabit lands that have been ear notched as water towers for the country interfere with them.This usually happens as they try to expand their agricultural lands since it usually involves a lot of tree cutting to pave way cultivation.

As time goes on the water catchment areas are unable to produce water sufficient for all activities round the country hence impacting a lot negatively towards income generation for the country.

For instance,in the recent past we have had a number of water masses that serve as tourist attraction sites drying up.This affected the inflow of tourists in such area thus cutting down foreign currency earning by the locals.consequently,having an effect on their living standards.

In addition,a large percentage of electricity is generated from dams which are fed by water from higher lands that act as water catchment regions, with drought leading to outages, may affect manufacturers and other firms hence seeing the price of manufactured goods shoot up above the ability of normal citizen in the country.

More ever,any slack in agriculture usually affects growth trajectory of the country since agriculture forms the largest part of country's job opportunities,this situation may manifest itself whenever a drought occurs as a result of ecosystem interference by humans.

Such shortage of food may also drive the nation to inflation impacting negatively on the citizens social and economic life hence retarding the economies growth rate

In summary,Kenyan economy is much dependent on these valuable sources of water and by interfering with the same may render the country and its residents economically crippled or else extinct.

Therefore as a nation,let's all arise and in unity help conserve our environment and help to keep the late Hon. Michuki's and Mathai's efforts towards environment conservation alive and visible for us all and for better Kenya in future

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