Blantyre residents and those from surrounding areas have been warned to brace for three days of no water supply from Sunday February 7 to Tuesday as the Walkers Ferry will be shut down to allow Escom carry out maintenance works.
In a press statement release yesterday, Blantyre Water Board (BWB) says “due to the lowering of the pond by Escom to carry out some maintenance works on its dislodged screens at Nkula barrage, the board will not be able to pump any water from the intake as the water levels will be too low.”
The Board has therefore advised its customers to store enough water as they will experience low pressure or no water at all during the period.
“Restoration of supply may vary according to residential areas up to a period of 72 hours,” reads the statement.
Speaking in an interview, BWB Public Relations Officer Priscilla Mateyu said the most affected will be those from upland areas.
“We will rely on water from our tanks which will be flowing to low laying areas but Blantyre is mostly hilly which means more people will not have water from Sunday to Tuesday,” she said.