Companies help Lusaka promote water security


PRIVATE and public companies, civil groups and international organisations in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, have come together to support the government’s efforts to promote water security and the efficient use of the resource in the city.

Under the auspices of the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSi) created in 2016, the group recently appointed Zambian Breweries director of corporate affairs Ezekiel Sekele as chairperson of its steering board, with University of Zambia lecturer and researcher Wilma Nchito as his deputy.

“I am excited about this appointment because it motivates me to do more for communities facing daunting water challenges,” Sekele said.

He added that the appointment was good for Zambian Breweries because the company depends on water for its operations, and without water, it cannot do business.

Zambian Breweries is a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev.

The water crisis is not unique to Lusaka, as Windhoek also faces a similar challenge.

The City of Windhoek, in its June 2019 newsletter, said it was essential to highlight that Namibia’s capital is facing a severe drought.

“On 13 May 2019, the City of Windhoek officially announced the 15% targets for water savings that are required to survive the severe water scarcity until the next rainy season,” the newsletter read.

Windhoek saved about 9% of the targeted 10% last year, and the city has urged residents to strive towards 15% saving on water consumption this year.

– Nampa-ANA-Own Report


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