Problems of water shortage in Kasiya Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Khongoni in Lilongwe will be history following plans by council authorities in the area to construct dams.
Lilongwe District Council’s director of planning and development Peter Jimusole said this during the launch of a sanitation and hygiene campaign for Lilongwe District.
“In 2007, research findings indicated Kasiya Village was one of the areas where few people access safe water and sanitation facilities despite being the fastest growing trading centre. The research report, therefore, recommended that the area should have electricity and piped water,” said Jimusole.
He said the area will have access to piped water through dams, which will cover a radius of 2.5 kilometres.
“We have constructed dams from which we will pump water to supply an area whose radius is 2.5 kilometres. We expect to connect people around the area soon,” said Jimusole.
In an interview after the launch, Jimusole said the district has since 2008 received about K7 billion to improve water and sanitation conditions.
“In total if we compute the financial injections in the district, Lilongwe as a whole has received not less than K7 billion for all 18 traditional Authorities. As for mini-water schemes we have them at Nathenje, Nsalu and Kasiya. The other leaders are benefitting from other components such as boreholes and sanitation centers,” said Jimusole.
This project will improve the welfare of over 48 000 people in T/A Khongoni.