Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) commemorated this year’s World Water Day by planting 1 000 tree seedlings at its Lunyangwa Dam Catchment Area in Mzuzu City.
Speaking on Tuesday during the tree-planting exercise, NRWB chief executive officer Titus Mtegha said the board linked World Water Day with the tree-planting exercise because trees play a crucial role in conserving water.
“For us to supply water, we have to ensure that our catchment area is protected,” he said.
Mtegha said the board supplies water to about 200 000 people in the city.
On her part, Northern Region forestry officer Gloria Mlauzi said they planted katope and nkuyu trees.
“This area had pine trees which were harvested few years ago. This is why we have decided to plant varieties that cannot be harvested,” she said.
Mlauzi said the region planned to plant seven million tree seedlings in this year’s tree-planting season.