Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) says about 250 000 new customers will be connected to its potable water supply network through the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project (LWSP).
In a statement, LWB chief executive officer Sili Mbewe said the development follows the World Bank’s additional $11.98 million credit and an additional $33.02 million grant, totalling $45 million (about K37 billion) for the LWSP.
He said the additional financing brings the total financing by the World Bank for the LWSP to $145 million (about K119 billion).
Mbewe said: “The project scope involves rehabilitation and upgrading of the city’s water distribution network to reduce water losses and improve the reliability of water supply.
“It also involves the expansion of LWB’s water supply network to other underserved areas in response to the rapid urbanisation being experienced by the city.”
He said most of the project beneficiaries are in the peripheral of Lilongwe City where intermittent water supply and access to potable water are key challenges.
Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Mia earlier said she was encouraged that the board wants to improve its infrastructure and water supply.