Lilongwe Water Board says they have done 97 per cent of upgrading the Board’s Water Treatment Works II to ease water woes in the city.
According to a press statement from the board’s Public Relations Officer Bright Sonani, the contractor will complete the works come October 31.
The statement further says since the first shutdown in September this year, which were followed by several shutdowns to enable the contractor connect the existing water pipes to the new treatment plant, the contractor has been working tirelessly to complete the works.
The statement says the completion of the works would be followed by a series of test runs to make the system alive for the next three months and the official commissioning is expected to be done at the end of this year.
“The current project, which is at a total cost of US$8.7 million, includes construction for concrete water treatment units and electromechanical works as well as power connection with ESCOM which also involves upgrading of our transformer to 1,500kva,” reads the statement in part.
The Lilongwe Water Board however says despite the many challenges it is facing, it has strived to minimise water interruptions while the upgrading of its water treatment plant is in progress.
LWB however says one of the major challenges is that they were tampering with a live system which may at times cause interruptions to some supply points.
The Board has therefore commended the general public for their continued support despite that inconvenience due to shutdowns as a result of the works.