Lungwena Umoyo Project under the College of Medicine has sunk two boreholes in Kwilasha and Liwale villages in the area of Sub Traditional Authority Namavi in Mangochi, a development described as a move to counter waterborne diseases.
Drilling of each borehole was valued at K3.2 million.
Speaking during the handover of the boreholes on Wednesday at Kwilasha Village, Lungwena Umoyo Project Coordinator, Raphael Chipatala said the boreholes were a result of a baseline survey which revealed that communities in the area had difficulties in accessing potable water.
“Other than just water, issues of hygiene and sanitation were also highlighted but then after thorough analysis we came to a conclusion that water was the community’s main challenge,” He said.
Chipatala said the other consideration for the water project was population density to benefit from the facility, noting that the two villages have more people who had to endure long distances to fetch the commodity particularly women.
“You can imagine that before we sunk the boreholes people were drinking from unprotected sources at worst sharing the same water point with livestock,” he added.
Chipatala, therefore, encouraged people to take good care of the boreholes in order for the amenities to be durable.
Receiving the boreholes on behalf of his subjects, STA Namavi thanked the College of Medicine through Lungwena Umoyo Project for the two water facilities, saying it was a triple celebration for people in the area.
“It does not feel any better than this…while we are celebrating Eid, Independence at the same time we are celebrating good quality water through these boreholes,” the traditional leader echoed.
Namavi said the boreholes would go a long way in improving the quality of life among his subjects since issues of waterborne diseases like cholera and dysentery would be history.
He, however, warned his subjects against vandalizing the boreholes for fear of losing more development projects from other donors.
Namavi also pledged personal commitment towards various initiatives undertaken in his area.
Mangochi Water Development Officer, Fredrick Kapute said government’s intention was to provide clean and safe water to people within a walking distance.
He said government policy on water stipulates that at least one borehole at a radius of 500 metres was supposed to serve 50 households or at least 250 people.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :