The Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) says main works to upgrade and extend Mzimba water supply system are completed with testing and commissioning in progress.
Speaking on Friday when the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture toured the project, NRWB acting infrastructure planning manager Jackson Mtungila said the project has so far reduced water-related diseases by 13 percent from 34 percent to 22 percent; increased access to improved sanitation, good hygiene practices and created 976 jobs for local people.
He said: “The project is substantially completed. We are currently in the testing and commissioning phase which will last two weeks. The contractor together with ourselves as a client are running the system to check performance and address any defects.”
Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture chairperson Joseph Chidanti-Malunga said he was pleased with the timely completion of the project.
He, however, said the board should consider expanding the project in future to reach out to more people.
The board is implementing the Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project with a total budget of $22.85 million (about K17 billion) financed by the African Development Bank, Opec Fund for International Development and the Government of Malawi through NRWB. n