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Maathai: Boreholes not answer to water crisis

Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai. She has said sinking boreholes is not the solution to the biting water shortage in the country. Photo/FILE 

Nobel Laureate Prof Wangari Maathai has said sinking boreholes is not the solution to water shortage in the country.
This was the message she had for those sinking wells to deal with the current water crisis.
According to her, it is only a matter of time before the boreholes run dry if the wetlands are not protected.
Professor Maathai linked the countrywide water shortage to the loss of forests and wetlands.
Wetlands are important because they slow the flow of rivers, allowing water to pool into underground reservoirs and then flow into boreholes.
With Nairobi residents currently facing water shortages and getting about 74 per cent of the water they need, groundwater is becoming increasingly important.
"There is no need to dig a well that will go dry because there is no groundwater," she said.
She was speaking at the Green Belt Movement offices in Nairobi on Wednesday where she announced upcoming environmental campaigns Enough is Enough.
The campaign will be launched on August 1, with an act to "reclaim" wetland areas in Nairobi starting with Spring Valley in Westlands.
Professor Maathai hopes volunteers will join her to plant trees.
"We will go systematically and reclaim all wetlands that have been grabbed. If there are walls we will take them down. If there are buildings we will take them down," said the feisty activist.

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