Water for People on Thursday officially handed over 224 boreholes to communities in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga in Chikwawa, marking the end of a K3 billion borehole drilling project in the area.
Speaking at Chambo Village when she handed over the last borehole Water for People global chief executive officer Eleanor Allen said she was excited that the project has enabled 85 percent of the district population to have access to potable water.
She said through the project, they also rehabilitated 33 other boreholes in the area and trained local mechanics in repairing major breakdowns.
“We have also trained members of the community on how to manage borehole banks, a simple finance system whereby tariffs contributed are converted to savings which are then loaned out at an agreed interest. This helps to grow the capital base for maintenance.
Chikwawa district commissioner (DC) Bester Mandere gave an assurance that his office will continue monitoring the project to ensure sustainability.