BWB dispels ‘contaminated water’ rumours

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has dismissed rumours making the rounds in Blantyre peri-urban areas that the currently supplied piped water is contaminated and not suitable for consumption.

Mateyu: Safe water

Mateyu: Safe water

Normal water supply resumed in Blantyre city over the weekend after a fortnight of ‘dry taps’. However, rumours are creating fear among the city residents that the supplied piped water is hazardous to health as it is contaminated.

Some of the residents who spoke to Nyasa Times claimed to have been told not consume the water for atleast a week.

”We are told the water is not fit for consumption as it is contaminated with dangerous substances. We dont know if the rumour is true or not; we are all in fear now,” said Alfred Balakasi of Chirimba township.

According to the rumours, people people should only consume the ‘contaminated water’ if its boiled or treated.

But BWB publicist, Prescila Mateyu dismissed the rumours, saying the supplied water is properly treated and is suitable for consumption.

”Those are just rumours. BWB wouldnt take risks supplying people water that is not fit for consumption. People shouldnt be beleive in such rumours,” said Mateyu.

Mateyu said BWB follows are recommended procedures in treating its water to ensure it is suitable for consumption, and that the rumours of possible contamination are unfounded.

Blantyre has been experiencing water supply problems due to siltation at BWB’s pumping station at Walkers Ferry due to floods.

Normal water supply resumed over the weekend although some parts of the city are still having supply challenges.

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29 thoughts on “BWB dispels ‘contaminated water’ rumours”

  1. Chikadza says:

    A Andrew Masiye ataninso nanga?

  2. dorobucci says:

    Mbuli zachuluka. You comment on issues you dont have knowledge. How many of you know what water treatment is like in these water boards. These insititutions spend millions to ensure safe and portable water in your homes, while you are womanising. You did some bush jounalism and when u memorise two english difficult words, you think you have knowledge about anything in the world. Kupuusa!

  3. This stupid MATEYU woman better be telling the truth this time or face serious legal consequences should anyone fall sick from this water. She thinks PR means lying in her company’s favor all the time. Stupid woman!

  4. Mbanga says:

    Us at Kameza roundabout, next to Dika, will welcome any piped water whether in liquid, gas, solid or contaminated state. Up to now our taps are dry. We understand that a valve next mtengoumodzi private hospital was closed and that’s why we can’t get water. Please bwb look into this.

    1. rexton says:

      Priscilla Mateyu lied through a Press release that water will start on 19th January and we have nothing up to date. She’s is a LIAR!!!! So how true is what she is refuting? She thinks she is Water Board. Zilumphatu si paja umabvina kuti madzi akutuluka. Satana.

  5. Njolinjo says:

    I don’t think BWB can release untreated water knowing very well that we don’t have the capacity to contain air born diseases that would emanate from such negligence.

  6. Bwinchocho says:

    Ife tonse aku revenue sitikumufuna andrew masiye. A bakuwa mudziwe zimenezo

  7. Prophet Justice says:

    It is certain that someone is telling the truth but not both. To ascertain the water safety there is need for interested parties to conduct Water Quality Testing which CAMA and BCC can coordinate.

  8. nyayo says:

    It’s true. Am one of the victims. Atleast five people have been affected in our locality. We were examined by doctors at sheefa who confirmed the same.

  9. Hakimu Banda says:

    Inu mabwana aku NyasaTimestimes chonde mokupemphani cheapest anti kumupatsa platform Mzimai uyu akuonongerani Mbiri yanu yabwino. Ife timakudalirani kwambiri. Mzimai uyu Ali ndi Mbiri yotsutsa chilichose just to serve her job.Musaikeso chithunzi chake Ife anthu akuno ku Bt amatibowa ndife amene tikuvutika.

  10. John Kamwendo says:

    Ife timamwa tiligwa. Bottled water ! zabwela liti?

  11. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Priscilla Mateyu, you’re man of the match.
    I believe we can have isolated cases which should clarified accordingly.

  12. Kadakwiza says:

    May be its Opposition parties. Anyway we don’t want someone to die. So BWB please take this issue very serious. Whoever is spreading the rumours may be knows something. So Mrs Mateyu take this issue serious and investigate.

  13. Namarokoro says:

    Amwene, madzi kuti afike popha munthu ndiye kuti pavuta.Takullira mmidzi ife, wina akusamba apa, wina nabiba poteropo, enafe nkutunga pomwepo nkumwa. Pali chani apa!!!! Iyaaaaaaaaaa!

  14. Take stringent measures against pollution before you start blaming the water board. There is a lot of pollution in Malawi with plastic papers, cans, plastic bottles and ordinary paper. All these go into Lake Malawi and the Shire River. The authorities are doing very little abd we have the whole department of environmental affairs and assemblies doing nothing about pollution. We have terminology like cradle to grave and the polluter pays principle. Look at Mudi River and look at Lilongwe River. The people of Blantyre drink whatever comes from the catchment of lake Malawi. The people that drink all this water down south drink heavily contaminated water. Waste management is the duty of all Malawians.

  15. BIG MAN says:


    1. Bwanji osangotchula maina ao. Mxiiiiiiiii

  16. chulewadabwa says:

    I agree with Yowoyanganya 100%, if u think he is lying take the tap water to a laboratory and check it under a microscope and then comment! About the water pressure here at Bangwe the pressure is like Grand Pa’s pee!

  17. Zolo says:

    Koma panopa you do not need BWB to tell you that you should be drinking boiled water.

  18. Mbanangwa says:

    Water Board can not be that stupid to make you and me drink contaminated water. Let us learn to appreciate where things have gone right.

  19. chims says:

    Priscilla,don’t just dispel it a as lie. that’s why people personally attack are giving the public info about your routine procedure. suppose the fears are coming due long periods of dry tap that might have become rusty? then the best response would be to investigate with a promise for feedback. don’t just trush

    1. Wa Nzeru Wa Kum'mawa says:

      I like your point. You are spot on. Good advice to the PRO.

  20. ambele says:

    People like 1 (Yowoyanganya) are worst commentetors . Water once sucked into pipes
    after treatment runs in pipes hence the pressure to move it even uphill. The fears as said by Yowoyanganya are not true. We can only worry the level of treatment after the initial draw from source but not throu pipes.

  21. wachukucha says:

    Bola usakhale ukunamanso paja wakhala ukutinamiza za madzi milungu yapitayi

  22. Mwenecho says:

    iwe wakulira kwa hoho mudziwe utinamize chani apa ii

  23. Wopondaponda says:

    mukufuna tife BT musalemo nokha, agalu a BWB ine mwandikwana.

  24. yowoyanganya says:

    If there r people who drink water straight from the tap then they r ignorant how the water is treated. My family stopped drinking tap water 20years ago! All the Water Boards in Malawi treat water with chlorine and during the rain season they add other chemicals to clean the water as it is dirty due to the rains! Now, from where the water is treated to ur house many things can happen, there might b sippage from sewer lines, the pipes might b broken and take in dirty rain water! My advice is don’t drink water straight from the tap, boil the water first or if ur income is good buy bottled water!

    1. Kauswe says:

      wazionera ku ukulu chule iwe!!

    2. Usatinyase apa yowoyanyana. We’ve been drinking that water for 30 years straight from the tap. People like you are leaving a bad carbon footprint with your bottled water

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