Shabait.com (Asmara)

7 September 2012

Eritrea: Ministry Calls On the Citizenry to Adhere to Judicious Utilization of Water

Asmara — The Ministry of Land, Water and Environment called on the citizenry to adhere to judicious utilization of water so as to ensure sustainability of water resources.

Pointing out that the majority of the urban and rural settlers prudently utilize water, Mr. Semere Berhe from the Water Department indicated that the replaceable water reserve in the country amounts to 2 million cubic meters, and that several researches are being conducted regarding the country's permanent water resource. He also disclosed that Eritrea is generally endowed with good water quality, and that increased endeavors are being exerted as regards standardization of water management nationwide.

Moreover, Mr. Semere called on the pertinent bodies to extend a helping hand to endeavors for replacing furrow irrigation with other water-conserving alternatives, and thereby save drain of underground water.

Reports indicate that there exist 3,000 wells in the country, besides 250 dams and micro-dams.

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