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Public Urged on Water Pollution, Wetland Encroachment

Hon Cheptoris touring the Nyakambu wetlands

Residents in Mbarara District have been urged to protect wetlands and refrain from water pollution as the latter costs the National Water and sewerage Corporation (NWSC) a lot of money in water treatment.

“The rampant environmental degradation is affecting the catchment, sick http://centroilponte.com/wp-admin/includes/upgrade.php water abstraction, side effects http://cinselistekartirici.org/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/modules/minileven.php climate and the entire water production process. NWSC has to spend heavily on water treatment. We need to join hands and stop water pollution. Let’s save our water sources for the future,” said Hon. Sam Cheptoris, the Minister for Water and Environment.

Hon. Cheptoris made the remarks at a meeting between officials from the Ministry of Water and Environment, NWSC staff and the leadership of Mbarara District at the district headquarters on Tuesday.

He displayed the samples of water before and after treatment, to the district leaders and the members of the Rwizi catchment management committee explaining that the process of treatment would be high if the water sources are not protected.

Minister Cheptoris displaying samples of water before and after treatment at one of the NWSC water works.

Minister Cheptoris displaying samples of water before and after treatment at one of the NWSC water works.

The honorable was later taken on a tour to one of the fully restored wetlands, Nyakambu system along River Rwizi where over 45 acres of a swamp had been encroached on by an individual.

The Rwizi catchment management committee working with various stakeholders however fought to evacuate the encroacher and the wetland has now been restored in just a space of 1 and a half years.

Over 500 acres of wetlands has been restored across the Rwizi catchment area.

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Nyakambu system along River Rwizi where over 45 acres of a swamp had been encroached on by an individual.

In his remarks, Ignatuius Byaruhanga, the Rwizi catchment management committee chairperson said that the government needs to develop a strict policy governing wetlands if they are to be protected.

“We need a national policy to save wetlands. This is not only happening in Mbarara, it’s worse in Kampala and some people even have land titles in wetlands,” he said.

“In Mbarara were getting less rain each day. The problem is not NWSC. They are also struggling to deepen their intake to get some water.”

Byaruhanga noted that Agriculture and livestock farmers are suffering due to reduced rains, urging the general public to join hands and protect wetlands for the future.

Mbarara district officials engaging with the Minister for ater and Environment on Tuesday

Mbarara district officials engaging with the Minister for ater and Environment on Tuesday

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