Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company (Muwasco) on Friday 31st may 2019 led members of the public ,both government and private institutions ,schools and other local water firms in planting more than 10, 000 seedlings at Karii treatment plant.
The exercise that was also graced by representatives from other water companies also saw community groups be issued with 50,000 seedlings to plant at riparian lands
At Karie sewer treatment area, the company staff in support of learners from various institutions planted indigenous and bamboo seedlings with aim to ensure the water released from the plant to back to river is safe for human consumption.
Muwasco Managing Director Engineer Daniel Ng’ang’a said the 4-acre land at the sewer plant will be planted trees to ensure clean environment.
The Md said the company has also established a tree nursery with more than 10 million seedlings which will be issued to local residents to plant during rainy seasons.
“As time goes by, community groups and farmers neighbouring our water and sewer treatment plants will be issued with more than 50, 000 seedlings to plant at their farms and riparian areas,” he observed.
Deforestation, he added has affected many water companies as the firms lack adequate water to continuously supply to their customers.
The Director who also served as the Chairman of Water Service Providers Association (WASPA) noted that one way of mitigating climate change is through planting of trees and protection of rivers.
“Trees help in retention of water in the ground and as a company we have taken the exercise of planting trees which will be an annual event in effort to increase forest coverage especially in our county,” he added.
Speaking during the same occasion, WASPA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Antony Ambugo challenged water companies to spearhead tree planting at their areas of jurisdiction.
Increase of forest cover in the country, he said will ensure sustainability in provision of water to Kenyans.
“Rivers are drying up and if measures to mitigate climate change are not taken, water firms will lack the commodity to supply to their customers.” Said Ambugo.