City and District councils have been advised to critically deal with liquid wastes as they support the national clean-up day.
These are the views of the chairperson for natural resources and environment committee of parliament Werani Chilenga.
The national clean-up day was launched by President Lazarus Chakwera in Lilongwe as part of efforts to get rid of piles of solid wastes nationwide.
City and local councils followed suit to launch the initiative at local levels with different stakeholders taking part in the exercise.
However, Chilenga believes councils can take advantage of the initiative to manage liquid wastes which have sometimes resulted in water contamination.
Chilenga said: “Liquid waste is a big issue in most cities and towns and I believe these councils will take advantage of the clean-up day to rectify this.”
“You remember people drank contaminated water in Lilongwe, and if you look at the situation in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba the situation is almost the same.”
Meanwhile Chilenga has called for councils to establish special funds that would help in ensuring the sustainability of such initiative which he notes may require more than man power.
Among others, the national clean-up day will address the problems associated with indiscriminate waste disposal including population of open spaces, water sources, sewage systems and the environment in general.