NEMA Moots New Strategy

The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) is looking to engage industries through a private sector-led forum to fight poor wastewater disposal in and around Kampala.

Speaking at the recent National Annual Wastewater Management conference, which highlighted wastewater management as a tool for environmental sustainability, Nancy Allimadi, Nema’s environmental inspector, said they had realised that enforcement alone could not work.

“So, we want to use alternatives in sensitising and engaging them [industrialists] to hear their views,” Allimadi said.

The two-day conference, held at the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) resource centre in Bugolobi, was organised by the Kamwokya-based NGO, Sanitation and Environmental Consult (SEC).

Environmental scientists are worried that continued release of untreated industrial wastewater into Lake Victoria could stimulate rapid growth of broom algae and make the water unfit for consumption.

Source : The Observer

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