Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has scaled up its water capacity in the areas within Traditional Authority Tsabango from 1.5 million litres per day to 3.5 million litres per day.
LWB board chairperson, George Kajanga, said this during the commissioning of Chikungu solar powered water pumping station, which is under the World Bank funded project Called the Lilongwe water sanitation project.
Kajanga said the Chikungu solar powered water pumping station is planned to serve a population of 55,100 people.
“This project is worth 1.2 million USD and it will help to increase access to potable water, it increase hours of water supply ,water supply pressure and water quality,” Kajanga said.
He added the project will ensure that people have access to clean water and good sanitation services .
“This installation means that we have expanded our network. It also means that we have expanded the capacity of water that can go to the people. This water will go as far as Nanjiri which are places which we were not able to go,” he said.
He said LWB is committed to improving water supply and sanitation to residents in Lilongwe city and surrounding areas.
“We seek to contribute to Malawi Government development agenda of 2063, which identifies water as a critical ingredient in the social economic transformation of the country,” he said.
The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Abida Mia, commended the World Bank for its support in the installation of Chikunga solar powered water pumping station.
“My Ministry plans to have many solar powered piped water supply systems across the country. There has been talk of implementing these systems for some time now and we intend to commence commissioning of these systems during the course of this year without fail,” she said.
She said the ministry believes that by doing so, waterborne diseases will be curtailed while sanitation and personal hygiene will be improved among rural communities.
In his remarks, Word Bank Country Manager Hugh Ridell said the bank recently approved additional financing of USD45 million to the water and sanitation project because the project has achieved a lot of success .
“We have seen that the institution of the LWB has taken up the resources and have used them effectively and efficiently with good results,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :