Minister responsible for water Allan Chiyembekeza says there is now constant supply of water in Blantyre due to maintenance and upgrading of Walkers’ Ferry, Blantyre Water Board water pumping point on Shire River.
Chiyembekeza, who is also minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, said the Walkers’s Ferry is now able to pump 98000 cubic metres of water enough to supply to Blantyre and surrounding areas.
“We are now able to supply water to areas like Bangwe, Namiyango, Zingwangwa and Chigumula that were hit hard by shortages of water,” Chiyembekeza told parliament on Friday.
The scarcity of water forced women as early as 1 am walking long distances in search of potable water and there were some cases of rape and water borne diseases linked to the dry tap situations in some areas.
Last week, Chiyembekeza hinted the government will soon start pumping water from Mulanje Mountain, the source of most rivers in southern Malawi.
President Peter Mutharika said on Saturday his administration has secured a US $400m grant from China for water supply development programmes, saying jovially, “Malawi will say bye to water problems in two years time.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :