Lilongwe Water Board has named water wastage culprits which include the Malawi Army and the police who top the list and say they consume 10 per cent of the water board’s supply when they can reduce their consumption much lower.
Lilongwe Water Board chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni said officials from his office have time to time sat with officers from the two state security agencies to discuss how best to deal with the situation but things not to be improving.
“This is a very serious situation we are in, we have to find ways of ensuring that the water wastage is drastically reduced. They can do much better,” he said.
Water bills in most official residents of army officers and the police are paid by the government through their institutions.
Chikuni said it was unfair that two institutions, the army and the police should consume 10 percent of the water supply in the Capital City whilst the arrest is rationed among the hundreds of thousands of city residents.
He said the board will continue to engage the leadership of the two institutions into discussions in a bid to address the situation.
Others named, though on a lower scale, are public schools and public health facilities.
Chikuni said the current situation on water in the capital demands that it be used prudently.
The board has of late being running radio and television campaigns urging residents to avoid water wastage, giving tips to residents on how to use water prudently.