People of Kanyenda village in Traditional Authority Kalumo in Ntchisi have described their newly-installed water pump, also known as hand pump or life pump, as user-friendly, deep-reaching and durable.
The people said since it was installed last October, it has not broken down.
The community members said this when selected members of the district executive committee inspected the borehole to review its performance
“The pump is lighter and does not need too much energy for one to pump water. Even children are able to use it,” said Grace Alfred from the village.
Another woman from the same village, Alinet Lanjesi, agreed with Alfred, saying with the new pump, she has enough time to do other chores.
Group village head Kanyenda said people in his village are now assured of easy access to safe and potable water all year round.
Ntchisi district water development officer Peter Moyo said unlike the commonly used standard hand pumps, the facility has a life span of 35 years and can pump water even at 100 metres depth or more.
“Since the world shifted from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals, there is need for modern and appropriate pumping technology,” he said.
Design Outreach, the firm that designed the pump, installed the facility on a pilot phase in selected African countries, including Malawi.
In Malawi, the pump was installed in Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Kasungu, Mzimba, Nsanje, Chikwawa and Chitipa districts.