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Ntcheu District commissioner (L) leading by example Ntcheu District commissioner (L) leading by example Image taken by Blessings KANG'OMBE

ADB Project To Sustain Rural Water Schemes In Malawi

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE in Ntcheu district Jan 18, 2017

Rural communities are being encouraged to take a leading role in conserving the environment with the aim of sustaining water catchment areas in the country.

This comes as the African Development Bank funded project run by Malawi government run is to plant 150,000 trees along catchment areas.

These are those that surround the areas of Nanyangu, Kasinje and Dombole in Ntcheu district.

The project Sustainable Rural Water Infrastructure for Improved Health and Livelihoods is aimed at helping rural communities have access to safe and clean drinking water as well as improved sanitation

Apart from Ntcheu, the project is also being implemented in other districts of Mangochi, Phalombe, Nkhotakota and Rumphi respectively.

Speaking to Capital FM after launched a tree planting exercise along Kasinje water scheme, Ntcheu district water development officer disclosed that sustainability of water cannot be achieved if trees are not planted and conserved along water catchment areas.

Michael Harawa stated that catchment management and conservation is one of the main elements to ensure sustainability of these water schemes.

Echoing the sentiments, Ntcheu District Commissioner reveals that exercise will go a long way in addressing water needs among communities that surround the catchment areas.

Smart Gwedemula therefore urges communities to be on guard in conserving the area by avoiding cultivating along the catchment area as well as wanton cutting down of trees.

On his part, Traditional Authority Ganya hailed the tree planting exercise saying it is also complementing his plans in which there is already a tree planting competition in his area of jurisdiction.

Ganya reveals that the competition is aimed at restoring natural resources which have been destroyed by human activities for the past years.

 

The traditional leader therefore challenged communities to be on the look out in protecting the trees for its sustainability so as at the end people are able to drink safe and clean piped water from the scheme.

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