Dowa, long way to address water challenges
By: Vincent Gunde
District Water Development Officer ( DWDO) for Dowa, Timothy Banda, says the district has a long way to address water challenges communities are facing in their everyday life situations.
Problems of access to safe water are experienced all over Dowa, but in the Eastern part of the district especially in the areas of Inkosi Chiwere, Mkukula B and Msakambewa, they are compounded or amplified by rugged topography and the associated problems of inaccessibility, low water table and low yielding aquifers .
Speaking during an extra ordinary District executive council Committee meeting ( Dec) held at the boma, Banda admitted that water is a priority challenge number one by the communities in the district as evidenced by most people drinking unsafe water, especially in Chiwere, Mkukula B and Msakambewa East saying these areas are inaccessible and are hard to reach.
Banda said the service provisions which are being provided to address the water challenges are not equal to the population growth, hence calling for the need to facilitate the provisions to match with the growing population in the district.
” Drilling of boreholes in some areas is hampered by topography and hydrological conditions and some other areas, they have failed to find water,”… said Banda.
He said his office is trying all of what it can to reach out to all the communities in the district through ” borehole/ Water Structures Fund” saying people are identifying the sites by themselves through their Area Development Committees (ADCs).
Banda appealed to NGO water partners to join hands to address the water challenges by changing technology to bring in new technologies which will bring water to the communities in the hard to reach areas of the district.
In his remarks, United Purpose ( UP) Project Manager, Hillary Mnjemu, said his organization is already on the ground drilling boreholes in the areas of Inkosi Chiwere and Mkukula B, saying 16 sites were identified for borehole drillings in the areas.
Mnjemu lamented that out of the 16 sites identified, 8 have been drilled and are providing water to the communities while the other 8 sites, they have failed to find water.