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$14.4 million water project impresses minister

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The Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Mia has expressed satisfaction with progress of the $14.4 million Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) Khudzi Bay Water Project being implemented in Mangochi District.

Mia said, when she inspected the project last week, that it will help provide clean and safe water to the lakeshore district, thereby helping the country fulfil Sustainable Development Goal number 6.

She said Mangochi, being a tourist destination area, needs clean and safe water for tourism and hospitality operators and visitors.

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“Even though there were some delays, we are happy that the project has taken shape, which means tourists and others will no longer have to carry bottled water when visiting Mangochi,” she said.

Alhabesh Consultancy Resident Engineer Alemayehu Bekele indicated that the project is 66 percent done and remained upbeat that it would be completely done by next year.

“We are remaining with about 34 percent of the works and the contraction of major structures is done and we are remaining with final touches which will be done within the stipulated period,” he said.

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The project, which will cost the board approximately $14.4 million, is expected to have an intake at Khudzi Bay then flow to the bishop’s house up to Mtakataka Turn-off in the district.

It delayed due court injunctions which environmental organisations took arguing that the project is a threat to the National Heritage site at Khudzi Mountain.

Apart from that, the project will have a tank at Khudzi Mountain, which will be ferrying water to the district using gravitation force.

The water project, which will support over 92,000 households in the district, continued after the High Court ruled in favour of the board, indicating that the work is being done in line with environmental protection requirements.

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