As concerns continue being raised on the sustainability of Lilongwe River, which Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) relies on, the utility institution has called on well-wishers to help in conserving the river.
Currently, activities, including farming and infrastructure construction are taking place in the river’s catchment area, further threatening its sustainability.
And on Tuesday afternoon, the Rotary Club of Lilongwe planted trees along Katete River which flows into Lilongwe River.
The club’s president, Chris Kapenda, said the decision to plant trees had been reached at after considering the threat that Lilongwe River faces.
“In the past years, we have been planting trees in different parts of the city and this year we decided to partner with LWB because of the problem of environmental degradation along the catchment areas of rivers that supply water for the city residents.
“Press Trust donated 5, 500 trees which we are planting here. The planting, of course, started some days ago and today we decided to do this ceremony to make things formal,” said Kapenda.
LWB Environmental Officer, Nelson Ngoma, said the Board is trying its best to protect the catchment areas of both Lilongwe and Katete rivers so as to avert more water problems in the city.
“The problem is a bit complicated. Our catchment area is so big that we cannot monitor the activities taking place on it on our own. What we do is work with communities on their role in conserving the catchment areas.
“We also engage them by giving them alternatives which can generate income for them. For instance, we give them tree seedlings which they plant apart from helping them with bee-farming,” said Ngoma.
He then praised the Rotary Club of Lilongwe for donating the tree seedlings which he said are crucial in conserving the Board’s catchment areas for the sake of both the present and the future generations.
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