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Billings water walk brings fresh water to Africa

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Walk for Water has led to the drilling of wells to help people get clean water in Africa.

Several organizations made up the 10th annual walk at Rocky Mountain College on Saturday.

Mayor Tom Hanel read a proclamation making April 22, 2017 World Water Day in the city of Billings.

Over the last 10 years, people involved with the walk have drilled 11 new water wells in parts of Africa and rehabilitated failed wells.

Stations on the walk describe the problems and some of the work that has helped with drip irrigation, hand washing and sanitation.

People have been able to see the benefits of clean water in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and for one man, Uganda.

"It hits home," said Tom Osborne, who participated in the walk.

“I’m a professional hydrologist and it's been my livelihood here. But when I go over there, I know that what we have done has actually saved thousands of lives and it's a feeling that is just incomparable,"he said.

Osborne said he felt "really lucky and blessed to be a part of it."

Walk for Water is part of the United Nations-Water's World Water Day, held annually on March 22.

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