Board apologies on Lilongwe water shortage, blames ESCOM

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has issued an apology to tap water users in the areas surrounding Malawi’s Capital for water shortage problem hitting the residents for the past three days saying this is largely because of electricity outage that the Board is experiencing at its main Treatment facility in Area 3.

A woman drawing water from an unprotected well in Manja Township in Blantyre due to water scarcity- Photo by Lucky Mkandawire

A woman drawing water from an unprotected well in Manja Township in Blantyre due to water scarcity- Photo by Lucky Mkandawire

Residents has since Sunday experiencing water shortages which has been forcing them to draw water from unprotected sources risking themselves to waterborne diseases.

In a statement the board says it is meanwhile working closely with ESCOM to have the problem rectified and that electricity supply is restored at its treatment facility.

“In the meantime, customers with supply are being advised to keep enough water and use it sparingly. The Board is sincerely apologizing to all its customers for the inconveniences that this has caused,” reads the statement.

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16 thoughts on “Board apologies on Lilongwe water shortage, blames ESCOM”

  1. messiah says:

    amen brother

  2. Wanzeru Wa Kum'mawa says:

    50 years we cannot still get the basics right!!

    If it’s electricity blackout at your area 3 plant why not use a standby generator?

    Why not distribute water using other means.

  3. munthu wabwino says:

    What LL residents are facing is not a water shortage. They have no water at all.

  4. Johann Chisachambalame says:

    DPP woyeee! Mbava and destroyers.

  5. zonse says:

    A failed state, failed statesmen,

  6. mapwesea says:

    U want nankhumwa to respond to U?

  7. NGWAZI says:


  8. What is this now dpp no gud for everything you must park and go

  9. Mhesha says:

    Vuta la madzi has been there for years and u myopically think it will just within APM’s tenure of 6months old?….Chanbatu chikupengetsani…

  10. Mpho Mbiyozo says:

    Hehehe capital hill with stinking offices how can you beutify malawi without portable water. These two institutions ESCOM and LWB are a shame

  11. Mchewa says:

    Zili Bo Tasiya Kupita Kuntchito.

  12. Kadakwiza says:

    No water in Blantyre, now Lilongwe. if its not electricity its water. And you expect someone to invest in Malawi, I don’t think so.

  13. opportunist says:

    U must be stupid. Do u know what is happening at the hospital, have ever been sick and admitted ,pple are scrumbling to have bottled water for their medication not talking of those patients that have missed their operations dates.

  14. kester Kaphaizi says:

    DPP is useless it must go. MCP IS THE EEAL PARTY

  15. MAYO says:

    DPP must go now! water is life, how can capital city have no water supply for one week? Nakhumwa please respond to the issue this time, otherwise mwalephera

    1. iyawm says:

      stupid one iwe MAYO

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