(EritreaAt24 Series: May 4th) Eritrea will be Water Secured
by Dawit Yihdego
Water is life. What makes one think that water is better at sustaining life than every other substance? Part of the reason is that we've never discovered an organism that's proven otherwise. Every organism including humans we know of need water to survive. In fact, without water, life on Earth would have never begun. Acting as a medium in which organic compounds could mix with one another, based on religious and atheist references water actually facilitated the formation of the planet's first life forms, possibly even protecting them from the sun's radiation.
From the simple starter organisms to the most complex plants and animals, water has played a critical role in survival ever since. In humans, it acts as both a solvent and a delivery mechanism, dissolving essential vitamins and nutrients from food and delivering them to cells. Our body also uses water to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature and aid our metabolism. No wonder, then, that water makes up nearly 60 percent of our body or that we can't go for more than a few days without it, which is proven in Eritrea in many occasions including during the struggle to reclaim our independence from the Ethiopian occupying regimes and after.
Besides being essential for our body to function, water also promotes life in numerous other ways. Without it, we couldn't grow crops, keep livestock or wash our food (or our bodies, for that matter). Water has also advanced civilization, providing a means for travel for entire parts of the world and a source of power for factories. Because water can also exist as a vapor, it can be stored in the atmosphere and be delivered as rain across the planet. Earth's oceans also help regulate the planet's climate, absorbing heat in the summer and releasing it during the winter. And of course, those same oceans serve as a home for countless plants and animals.
While no one argues against the importance of water to life on Earth, it's not fair to wonder why the government of Eritrea invested heavily on water resources. Right?
Having said that, the amount of concrete cement and iron bars utilized to build the Hoover Dam in US had been estimated to be the same amount of material needed to build a highway stretching from the West to the East coast of the US. In comparison, according to one of the brilliant Eritrean engineers, the amount of concrete cement and iron bars consumed in the Teqera Adi Halo dam could build three times the size of Sembel residential complex (enda Korea). In other words the city of Asmara would comprise with one hundred, thirty story high rises. If one further plays with the numbers, imagine what will be the size of Asmara.
I’m glad Eritrea has excellent, visionary and dynamic group of critically thinking leaders to come up with many veracious decisions such as building water dams. Where does the financing to accomplish the huge projects in Eritrea come from? Unlike what the enemy camps want us to believe, every single and drop of dollar from Bisha mine is obviously re-invested in national development. Nothing is left to fatten up officials’ pockets.
Last but not least, Eritrea is constructing self-sustained mining establishments which will be 100% financed, operated, and managed by Erirean human and financial resources. Results will be seen very soon. All profits will go to the Eritrean people only…Awet n’Hafash !!!
Below is the water conservation efforts going on in the Aseba region alone.