A woman fetches water from a murky river that's nearly drying up. She will then have to carry it on donkeyback several kilometers to her home.
The UN declared access to safe & clean drinking water & sanitation a human right because it is essential to the full enjoyment of life & other human rights. Despite this, a significant number of people in our country still don't have access to an improved water source. Those people are forced to rely on unsafe water sources such as the one pictured. Often, to get to the water, they are forced to make long arduous journeys.
As we head to this year's elections, let's strive to make access to clean water for all, a key agenda. Challenge political aspirants from your area to spell out their strategies for addressing this issue. Share stories of the challenges people from your area face while trying to access water. Let us bring more visibility to the problem so that the national & county governments can give it the priority it deserves. Additionally, if you are fortunate enough to have piped water access you can make a difference in your own small way by conserving water. By reducing water wastage in our households, we can ensure that the water that is available can serve the needs of more people for a longer time.