Mount Soche and Malawi Sun hotels coping with water crisis in Blantyre

While operations at other institutions have come to a halt due to the intermittent supply of water, officials from some major hotels in Blantyre claim their businesses have not been affected by the situation.

Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel
Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel

Although public toilets at some hotels like Sunbird Mount Soche and Malawi Sun are not accessible, officials there say the water supplied by the Blantyre Water Board (BWB) was sustaining operations.

At Malawi Sun, Malawi News Agency (Mana) discovered on Tuesday that the water pressure in taps was lower than usual.

Mount Soche Hotel Public Relations Officer Akossa Mphepo told Mana Tuesday morning that the shortage had not immensely affected operations because they were still getting water from BWB’s bowsers.

“Although there is water crisis but we are coping up as the hotel is operating in a normal way since we are still getting water using other means and guests are getting services which are needed.

“Let me assure you that the situation is not compromising our service delivery. The little water we are being supplied, we are trying as much as we can to conserve it.

“Unless if the situation continues on and on we will have a different story to tell but what I can say is that the Hotel is looking forward the restoration of the supply,” said Mphepo.

On why public toilets were closed, Mphepo said the toilets are only opened when some activities are taking place at the hotel.

“Some people are taking advantage of the water woes to access hotel public toilets hence to avoid using water unnecessarily. They are closed now and can be opened when the need arises,” she explained.

An official at Malawi Sun Hotel who opted for anonymity told Mana that they were drawing water from ‘somewhere’.

“We are living the world of competition, so to disclose where we are getting water. Of course the water is not enough,” he said.

Though BWB Publicist, Priscilla Mateyu claims that production at Walkers Ferry resumed last Sunday, most taps were still dry as of Tuesday afternoon.–Reporting by Memory Kutengule and Tikondane Vega

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Poor Malawi
Poor Malawi
7 years ago

Politics at its best

7 years ago

They are in a business of food and accommodation of clients, you want them to say they are having water problem? That is health and safety risk and it will scare customers, infact it will lead to them closing down the poor zero rated hotels we have.

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