Communities in Chitipa have partnered with Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) to reforest Kalenge River catchment area for the sustainability of a $12 million (about K7 billion) water system currently under construction in the district.
Chitipa residents have often accused the board, which is mandated to supply water in the district, of inefficiency in providing the precious commodity.
NRWB public relations manager Edward Nyirenda agreed that people of Chitipa are indeed justified to complain because they are supplied with water for only six hours a day.
Malawi Government secured a $10 million (about K5.8 billion) loan from Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (Badea) and it (the government) added $ 2 million (K1.2 billion) as a top up for the project being implemented by the NRWB.
NRWB director of technical services Mwiza Mtawali says the project consists of construction of a water intake weir on Kalenge River, 40 kilometres away from Chitipa Boma, a treatment plant, six tanks, laying of transmission and distribution pipes, office blocks and staff houses.
He said: “Once the project is completed it is expected to benefit over 36 000 households living at Chitipa [Boma] and surrounding areas.” n