Asmara, 26 May 2010 – The director general of Water Resource Department, Mr. Mebrahtu Eyasu, said that the vigorous endeavors exerted over the past 19 years towards ensuring equitable potable water supply have borne commendable outcome.
Indicating that 75% of the people in the rural areas have now access to potable water supply, he pointed out that the expansion at the regional level stands at 55% to 95%. Mr. Mebrahtu particularly emphasized the encouraging achievement registered in expansion of clean water in the rural areas.
The fact that the country is located in arid and semi-arid environment represents additional challenge, he added. In this respect, Mr. Mebrahtu stressed the need for making coordinated endeavors on the part of the entire society and government institutions so as to meet the challenges.
The concerted action being taken to conserve soil and water is also making due contribution in enriching underground water resource, he elaborated. He commended the role of national construction companies and EDF members to this end.
Mr. Mebrahtu went on to say that the implementation of potable water supply projects in Adi-Keih, Dekemhare, Dubarwa and Mai-Dima have been finalized and are already rendering service. The Tessenei potable water supply project which was delayed due to some technical problems is also expected to be finalized this year, he indicated.
Noting that various campaigns and training course would be undertaken towards raising public awareness regarding water resource, Mr. Mebrahtu called on the general public to practice judicious utilization of water.