NRWB to commission K25.5 Million Water Project in Mzuzu city
By our reporter
Over 200 000 Residents of Mzuzu City can now afford a smile over a Euro 25.5 million Malawi NRWB Water Efficiency project to sustain water supply in the green city and Ekwendeni township.
According to NRWB spokes person Edward Nyirenda, the project which is set to be completed in December 2020 is a stop gap measure while government is sourcing funds for construction of the proposed Lambilambi Dam in Chikangawa forest.
“The main aim of this project is to rehabilitate, upgrade and extend the existing Mzuzu and Ekwendeni Water Supply systems so that the communities in it plus surrounding areas are provided with adequate and potable water supply,” he said.
“Our specific components include implementation of water demand management measures to reduce non-revenue water from 36% to 20% (by the year 2022), rolling out of 15,000 prepaid water meters as a way of controlling wasteful usage of water, upgrading of Ekwendeni water treatment capacity from 700 000 litres per day to 6,000, 000 litres per day so that people of Ekwendeni are not supplied water from Mzuzu and upgrading and extension of water distribution system in Mzuzu and Ekwendeni including construction of storage tanks at Lusangazi, Mary Mount and Signal Hill,” explained the
Chief Executive Officer for the NRWB Titus Mtegha.
The project is also constructing two raw water intakes across Lunyangwa River in Mzuzu and Ekwendeni in order to store additional water and raise the Lunyangwa Dam to increase raw water storage for the dry months.
“Once we raise the dam by 1.5 metres, we will be able to store more water in the dam to take us a few more years as we wait to identify financing for the Lambilambi Dam,” added Mtegha.