Blantyre City Assembly needs K6bn for sewer system

Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, needs at least K6 billion to revamp and have a better sewer system.

Blantyre has one functional sewage system out of the four
Blantyre has one functional sewage system out of the four

Director of Engineering Grant Sichali said the city will have to source the money from donors as it might not be possible to source it from the government due to the current economic problems the country is facing. ”

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have given us K1.2 billion for the project. They gave us the money last year so we should be rolling the project any time,” said Sichali.

Frequent breakdown of the sewer system and the spilling over of faeces in Blantyre is the norm of the day in Blantyre.

Sichali said the sewer system is as old as the city itself and needs to be revamped including replacement of sewer pipes which he said is not a small budget.

In addition, Sichali said, the council has lined up 100 public toilets to be constructed in the city, saying the exercise has already started in a bid to improve sanitation.

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