Water sources destruction limits Mbeya city water supply - WSSA

28Jan 2020
The Guardian
Water sources destruction limits Mbeya city water supply - WSSA

MBEYA Water Supply and sanitation Authority (Mbeya-WSSA) says destruction of water sources has contributed in the limited supply of 45,000,000 to 48,000,000 litres of water per day compared to the water sources capacity to supply over 51,446,000 litres of water per day.

This was revealed at the weekend by Mbeya-WSSA Director Eng Ndele Mengo who added that destruction to water sources is caused by agricultural and livestock keeping activities in water sources.

He said the actual water need from the authority is 62,000,000 litres per day and that there are sustainable efforts by the government to increase other water sources to meet water consumption needs.

Eng Mengo said apart from authority’s own efforts in collaboration with other institutions in its 15 water sources including a new one, still the issue of the destruction of water sources is big. 

One official from Lake Rukwa Valley Authority Mkanjilwa Watson who was a coordinator in tree planting project at Iyela water source said his authority has the responsibility to protect water sources and one of its strategies is to plant trees in various water sources. 

He said at Iyela water source they have planted 200 tree seedlings and the target is to plant 6,000 seedlings by April this year in various water sources areas in the valley, as well as educating the wananchi on the importance of protecting them.

He said his office manages its activities in Mbeya, Rukwa and Katavi regions as well small areas of Tabora and Singida regions.

He said for Mbeya Region alone up to now his institution has planted over 2,000 tree seedlings in various water sources areas.

In the exercise, the Mbeya Regional Commissioner Albert Chalamila led in the tree planting exercise in iyewla water source in company of Mbeya-WSSA workers and Lake Rukwa Valley Authority officials.

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