Ntcheu district commissioner (DC) Smart Gwedemula has asked Water Users Association (Wua) general assemblies in the district to put in place effective strategies that will help them manage water schemes.
Speaking during an orientation of Wua general assemblies, he said he expected the association to plan, own, operate and manage the schemes well.
“You have a responsibility to ensure that communities are supplied with safe and clean water every time. Being an independent entity, you will be responsible for maintenance and operation of the schemes. Therefore, we expect you to make sound plans,” said Gwedemula.
The DC said if the water schemes are properly managed, issues of water shortage in Ntcheu will be a thing of the past.
In his remarks, district water development officer Onances Nyirenda said the objective of the orientation was to help water users general assemblies understand management of water schemes.
“We are currently rehabilitating three water schemes and we thought it wise to train them on their management,” he said.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, with funding from African Development Bank, is rehabilitating three piped water schemes of Nanyangu, Kasinje and Dombole to improve potable water supply in the district.n