The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) was on Wednesday crowned the best Water Service Provider of the Year in Africa.
The award was presented at the sixth edition of African Utility Week Industry Awards in Cape Town, South Africa.
A statement released by the LWB says the institution won the award after overcoming competition from South Africa’s finalists, namely, Umgeni Water, Hessequa Municipality and Ontec Systems (Pty) Ltd.
The statement said LWB’s chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni, who was one of the finalists for an individual award on Outstanding Contribution: Water, lost to Damas Alfred Mashauri who is professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Namibia: Engineering & Information Technology.
The statement quotes Chikuni describing the award as a clear manifestation of the board’s efforts to improve water service delivery in the city of Lilongwe.
“Winning such an award is not a mean achievement. It clearly demonstrates that people are able to appreciate our efforts to ensure we provide quality water services to our customers,” he said.
Chikuni stated that LWB will continue to develop the social-economic framework by exploring emerging opportunities to achieve its mandate to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
LWB won the award following innovative strides it has made in the past two years in improving delivery of water services in Lilongwe City.
The industry awards brought together 800 of Africa’s most renowned power, energy and water industry professionals, many of them long-standing attendees of African Utility Week and Powergen Africa.