Lilongwe Water Board has spent over K10 million (US$24 096.4) on water bowsers that are expected to supply water to all customers of the city during the two-week intermittent water supply period.
In an interview Tuesday with Malawi News Agency (Mana), the board’s spokesperson Trevor Phoya said the development was a result of a major maintenance activity at its main water Treatment Plant 1 in Area 3 which would affect water production by 30 percent.
Phoya said the maintenance works, which began on July 14 to July 28 this year, will affect Areas 2, 21, 22, 23, 24, 36 Ngwenya, Biwi, Chilinde, Kawale, and Falls Estate, among others.
“The Board has hired five additional water bowsers and all critically affected areas shall be supplied with mobile water bowsers. We also urge our customers to go to their nearest Lilongwe Water Board pumping station to get water for free if there need be,” he said.
Meanwhile, Phoya said the Board was using water rationing method whereby all affected areas will at some point have running water for some hours of the day to ensure minimal supply interruption.
He however advised the residents to keep enough water and use it sparingly during this period.
Phoya further said the maintenance was part of a four year European Union (EU) and European Investment Bank (EIB)funded Project which upon completion will cost about K7 billion.