Communities in traditional authorities ( T/As) Kalumo, Malenga and Chilooko in Ntchisi District have hailed Environment Water and Sanitation (EWS), a local non-governmental organisation, for providing them with potable water.
Since May 2018, the organisation has drilled 23 Afridev pump shallow wells valued at about K16 million through Ntchisi Protected Water Project.
Speaking during the inspection of the boreholes, EWS project manager Mayamiko Kaponda said the project was a response to concerns about water challenges communities faced. He said the project has benefited 6 066 people.
“Communities complained about lack of potable water and risks relating to waterborne diseases as a result of drinking water from unprotected wells,” he said.
Community representatives said access to clean water has promoted sanitation and hygiene in their areas.
“We have been drinking water from unprotected sources for a long time.
“At times we shared water sources with animals,” said Innocent Kawelama, Mwamulo Village Development Committee chairperson.
Another community member, Mercy Banda of Misengo Village, thanked EWS for equipping some people with pump repairing and installation skills.
Ntchisi district water development officer Peter Moyo said the organisation complements government’s efforts in promoting safe drinking water in communities.
The project was supported by US Ambassador’s Special Self Help Fund.