World Water Day celebrates waste water

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

 

BY CHINTU MALAMBO

LUSAKA Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) today joins the rest of the world in commemorating this year’s United Nations World Water Day whose theme is “Wastewater”, aimed at encouraging individuals and communities to reduce and safely recycle the increasing quantities of waste water that is produced.  

In a statement issued to the Daily Nation ahead of the commemoration, LWSC managing director Sylvester Mashamba said that instead of wasting waste water, there was need to reduce and reuse it as it was a valuable resource.

He said that the vast majority of all the waste water from homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused, thereby polluting the environment.

Dr. Mashamba said that the World Water Day theme “Wastewater” resonated well with the interventions that LWSC was putting in place to reduce and safely recycle the increasing quantities of waste water that was produced.

He said that those interventions came through the Lusaka Sanitation Programme and the Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage Project.

Dr. Mashamba said that those projects constitute a major component in Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company’s efforts to improve the water supply and sanitation and complements the ongoing development agenda for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He stressed that the Lusaka Sanitation Programme was focused on ensuring that the waste water generated in the city was collected, treated and disposed of and did not end up polluting the environment.

“Lusaka Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage (LWSSD) project is critical in addressing communities’ susceptibility to waterborne diseases due to lack of access to clean water and sanitation,” he said

Dr. Mashamba noted that the projects being implemented supported the Government’s development plan by improving sanitation services of the poor in order to effect improvements in public health and increasing accessibility to reliable safe water by all sectors of the economy in order to enhance economic growth and improve the quality of life.

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