Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has assured Blantyre and Chiradzulu residents that they should expect an improvement of water supply as the board is planning to erect more water tanks to all undulating areas within these districts.
BWB Public Relations Officer Priscilla Mateyu said this in an exclusive interview with Malawi Muslims Website saying they are currently constructing water tank in Bangwe Township in plummeting the dearth of water supply which acrimoniously affects Bangwe Health Centre.
“Let me say that Blantyre Water Board is currently trying to upgrade its operations and so far there is a project which is under way in Bangwe where we are erecting a water tank in view of the fact that Bangwe is one of the hilly areas and they don’t receive enough water supplies all the time and the population is very high.” Said Mateyu
“We have started with that location this year because there is a health facility which also put up a lot of people and most of the times the health personnel fail to deliver their services to the public due to lack of (enough) water and the project is at advanced stage to be completed by end of October,” she added
She said the board is trying to take water direct from the Walkers Ferry to the designated areas using the big pipes to make sure that water supplies are always available.
“We are connecting these channels using the big pipes which will go direct to those hilly areas but there are other areas which are very far from Walkers ferry, so in that case we will be taking this water from the nearby pumping stations like the tank which is erected in Bangwe, we will connect it with Midima Water Pumping station,” said the PRO.
Asked when should people from the other areas expect the same development Mateyu said, “we want to improve water supply in Blantyre and Chiradzulu but we cannot disclose when we are going to implement the projects and know that the project which is under way in Bangwe is just a continuation since we started some time back whereby we also constructed Chimwankhunda water tank which caters people around the area and Chilobwe since we had the same problems with that side too,” she answered
She further said the project is expected to spend millions of kwacha but she was unable to give more details on that.
“Currently we have already spent a lot of money on Bangwe water project and we expect to spend more than that but now I cannot tell you how much will be used we will tell you this upon the completion of the project,” Mateyu concluded.
Bangwe water project was scheduled to be carried out in three months and it started in August expected to end by October this year.