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NRWB to embark on multibillion kwacha Karonga Water Supply Project

Written by  Andrew Mkonda

 

Karonga, February 6, 2018: Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) will in August this year (2018) embark on a US $26.7 million (about K19.4 billion) Karonga Water Supply Project, the water board’s director of finance, Francis Munthali, has announced.

Speaking Monday during an extra ordinary district executive committee meeting, Munthali said the project will be implemented with financial support from Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) and Arab Bank for Economic Development (BADEA). 

He said the project, which will run from August, 2018 to September, 2021 will, among other things, include replacement of small diameter pipes, upgrading of transmitting water pipes and water treatment plants.

“Here in Karonga, we have been supplying water mainly in town and our equipment was installed sometime back.

“We want to upgrade on that because the population here is growing every day, causing the water demand to greatly increase and rendering the capacity of water supply infrastructure inadequate,” he said.

Munthali added that the project will run beyond the town from Mlare to Pusi trading centres.

“Water is life. So our intension is to reach every household with potable water,” Munthali said.

Karonga District Council Chairperson, Councillor Harry Mwanyembe, said the project has come at the right time when the district needs several interventions on sanitation in order to curb waterborne diseases such as cholera.

“Many people are suffering due to lack of sanitation. You know without water, sanitation cannot be there. So I thank NRWB for this project,” he said.

Currently, NRWB has only 6000 customers out of 63000 people living in Karonga.

The project, which will be implemented on a loan basis, will see OFID pumping in US$15 million (about K10.8 billion), BADEA will pump in US $10 million (about K7.3 billion) while the Government of Malawi through NRWB will cough out US $ 1.7 million (about K1.2 billion).                              

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