Despite being located in Kasungu Municipality Council jurisdiction, people at Mofati have accessed piped water for the first time in their lives.
The residents can now walk tall thanks to the piped-water that has been extended to their area.
The people have been depending on shallow wells as the bye-laws do not allow sinking boreholes in urban areas where water boards are mandated to supply water.
However, Wateraid with funding from Thames Water UK, through a local organisation Mineral and Appropriate Technologies Applicable in Malawi (Matama) has made it possible for the people at Mofati to access piped water.
According to one of the residents, Stella Zimba, before Matama came with the project the people have been suffering to access water.
“We were using stagnant water from shallow wells and if we wanted clean water it meant walking long distances as if we are not in town. However, we are now happy that for the first time we have access to piped water,” said Zimba.
Central Region Water Board (CRWB) senior zone manager for Kasungu Moses Kalenga expressed joy at the partnership that has resulted in fulfilling their duty of providing water.
“I believe that there is really need for cooperation and coordination when it comes to supply of water. When other organisations come in and we work together it is always important,” said Kalenga.
Wateraid programme manager Jolly Kenani hailed the communities at Mofati for digging a 1.2 kilometre trench where the pipes passed through. n