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Bankruptcy in water boards

TEMBO— Several factors affect water boards

Water boards are bankrupt and are failing to meet the demand for water, the Ministry of Water and Natural Resources has revealed.

The minister responsible, Nancy Tembo, said this in Parliament Thursday, when she singled out Central Region Water Board which, she said, has had no significant investments for about seven years.

“Blantyre Water Board (BWB) is just a shear; if it were just a business, we should have closed it. It is not performing, not out of its own accord, but there are several factors that affect these water boards,” she said.

The minister said BWB was having 50 percent non-revenue water, meaning that the water is lost due to an old pipe system and abuse of the board’s services, among other factors.

Tembo said the ministry was of the view that, in terms of Lilongwe and Central Region water boards, degradation had affected the quality of water, prompting water boards to use expensive water chemicals to purify it.

“These are all issues that we are looking at at the moment,” she said.

The minister further told the august House that she would, in the near future, explain to the House the Executive’s plans for the water suppliers.

Tembo’s remarks came as a response to a motion which Dowa Central Constituency legislator Darlington Harawa moved, calling for the review of regulations that restrict “larger communities’” access to water.

Harawa said the country’s water boards use such restrictions to violent citizens’ right to uninterrupted access to water.

The motion was supported by several members of Parliament, but the House was adjourned before the debate on the matter had been concluded.

The legislators are expected to continue deliberating on the motion on Friday.

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