The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) says it is losing about K600 million annually to vandalism.
In an interview with Business News on the sidelines of whistle-stop tours in Lilongwe on Thursday, LWB chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni said, as a result, the board is missing out on expanding other projects that would increase water supply in its supply area.
“It is a great setback as we are losing out mostly from puncturing distribution network pipes, knocking down control valves and tampering with meters. This means every year we have to replace the damaged or stolen equipment and that is expensive,” said Chikuni
LWB assistant communications officer Vanessa Chidyaonga said vandalism has also affected the board’s efforts to provide uninterrupted water to the residents.
She also cautioned residents in the district to desist from connecting water meters illegally because that is stealing from the board and attracts a K200 000 penalty.
Catherine Mibawa, a resident of Area 23 in the district, said most of the vandals puncture the water pipes hence most of the water goes to waste.