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Friday, 03 October 2014 14:18

3 weeks without water at Chiradzulu Boma

Written by  Enock Chingoni

Chiradzulu, October 3, 2014, Mana: Residents of Chiradzulu Boma have gone for three weeks without water, and have now resorted to drawing water from boreholes and unprotected river streams.

Besides exposing the residents to water born diseases like diarrhoea, the situation has deteriorated the sanitation at the Boma, with the district hospital being one of the worst hit institutions.

District Commissioner for Chiradzulu James Manyetera has since sent a Save Our Souls-SOS message to Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) to find a lasting solution to the problem which residents of Chiradzulu Boma face every dry season.

Manyetera made the plea on Wednesday at the Boma during a meeting with officials from SRWB aimed at finding a short term solution to the water problem.

“We have talked much on this issue. What we need now as a council is action that will lead to the end of this problem,” said Manyetera.

Environmental Health Officer for Chiradzulu District Hospital Penjani Chunda noted with regret that the water shortage had compromised the sanitation in offices at the district council.

He said Chiradzulu District Hospital was one of the cleanliest hospitals in the country, but the persistent water shortage during summer has made the facility lose the status.

And on his part, an official from SRWB, Andrew Kachere said the Board is discussing with Blantyre Water Board (BWB) to assist in providing water to Chiradzulu Boma, as a short term measure.

“As SRWB we are equally concerned with the [water] situation at Chiradzulu Boma and it is our wish to rectify it to ensure that our customers receive quality services,” said Kachere.

Despite persistent water shortage during this period, customers pay almost equal water bills to the board as they do during rainy season. And dome residents think SRWB is ripping them off.

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