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CRWB under fire for failing to provide water to Ntcheu residents

Written by  Grace Kapatuka

Ntcheu, August 17, 2018. District Executive Committee (DEC) members in Ntcheu on Wednesday took turns to accuse Central Region Water Board (CRWB) of failing to find long lasting solutions to alleviate water challenges that the district faces most of the times.

Speaking during DEC meeting where the Board came to explain about the water situation in the district, the members accused the board for taking customers for granted for failing to provide water to residents of Ntcheu boma for the past three months.

District Social Welfare Officer for Ntcheu, Mike Makalande wanted to know from the board why the situation remains the same after the rainy season when the problem has been there for years.

“The board is taking us for granted. You came here to tell us your plans that will take us four to five years to be achieved yet we have the problem at hand instead of giving us the water. This problem has been there for years, why is it that you did not find the long lasting solutions to the water challenges some years ago? The board is not serious,” queried Makalande.

District Agriculture Development Officer Martin Kamlomo also accused the board of failing to act to the issue at hand by failing to provide immediate solutions to the water problems that has currently hit the district.

“We have the problem now but the board is not giving us immediate solutions to the problem, do you want to act when people in the district start suffering from waterborne diseases such as cholera?” asked Kamlomo.

Another member Kondanani Mangochi who works for Opportunity Bank of Malawi in the district expressed concern that people from Kamzingeni where he resides have gone three months without a drop of water.

He said the situation was very pathetic as residents have to wake up as early as 4 am to search for water.

“Three months without a drop of water is just too much. How do you expect people to survive in a situation like this? The board needs to do something because the situation is becoming unbearable,” said Mangochi.

Presenting on behalf of the water board, Humprey Kamwendo said the board is considering providing water through water bowsers but could not say as to when the bowsers will start providing the water to residents of Ntcheu, a development that irked the Dec members further.

Kamwendo said his bosses were the ones in apposition to say when the water Bowsers would start providing water to the residents.

In his presentation Kamwendo said the board was being faced with several challenges in their efforts to provide water to residents of Ntcheu which include rampant blocking of gravity sources of water for irrigation at their main intake in Chipusile, under TA Mpando's area, vandalism of the main transmission line and environmental degradation at the intake as some of the challenges.

He said the board is planning to construct a multi-purpose dam at Maliko and Mpamadzi rivers which are the main sources of water intake for the board as well as procuring of alternative power sources such as generators and solar powered system to help pump water among other interventions.

Kamwendo urged sectors in Ntcheu to collectively work together with the board in ensuring that the by-laws that were put in place to protect the source are enforced.

CRWB is currently failing to meet the demand to supply water to residents of Ntcheu due to supply outages.

Currently CRWB is generating 9 litres of water per second only out of the required 22 litres of water per second to meet the demand of water in the district.

The board is currently serving a population of 10,800 in the district.

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