Inter aide, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Japan has trained 29 area mechanics in Mchinji District in borehole maintenance.
The organisation’s Central Region project officer Fabian Hery said it was proper to leave social services like boreholes maintaining to communities.
“They have the responsibility to look after these boreholes as such, they need to have skills to maintain them when they are broken,” he said.
Mchinji District water monitoring assistant Maclean Kachala thanked Inter aide for training the community in borehole maintenance.
“We have many boreholes that are broken and the training will make the communities revive them,” he said.
Kachala said waterborne diseases will be reduced in the district as many people will no longer be drinking from contaminated sources like rivers.
One of the trainers, Kyohei Ikegami, said one mechanic would be able to maintain about 50 boreholes.
Among the trained mechanics, 10 are women.