By Llywellenie Mpasa:
Chiradzulu District Hospital will now save around K4 million in water bills every month, after Airtel Malawi donated a K10 million solar-powered water pump to the facility.
Airtel Malawi plc staff and Covid Response Private Citizens Initiative in collaboration with Sons and Daughters of Chiradzulu handed over the 3 kilowatt solar-powered water pump on Tuesday.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health Benson Chisamire said the solar-powered water pump will make the hospital more efficient.
Chiradzulu Hospital Health Services Administrator Grant Kalua said the donation will ease water challenges at the facility,.
He said the installation of solar water supply has started bearing fruits as evidenced by the reduction in water bills at the facility.
“Before the installation of solar-powered water supply, we had huge outstanding water bills accumulating. This donation from Airtel has greatly helped us reduce those costs,” Kalua said.
Airtel Malawi plc Brands Manager Norah Chavura Chirwa said the firm’s staff put together K5 million while the company added K5 million in supporting the cause.
“This is one way of giving back to the community, as we continue to respond to the needs of Malawians,” Chirwa said.
The innovative approach to water infrastructure will provide sustainable drinking water supply through solarization, investing in a better future through the development of cleaner, more self-sufficient and more sustainable energy source.