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Chitipa Water Supply Project nears completion

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Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) Chairperson, Peter Mwanza, has said operation of the newly constructed $13 million (about K9.5billion) Chitipa Water Supply Project awaits electricity connectivity to the facility.

The project, which is set to improve access to water for residents of Chitipa Boma and those of surrounding communities, is 90 percent complete, according to Mwanza.

He disclosed that the remaining 10 percent of the project is for electricity connectivity at Karenge Power Plant.

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Mwanza said with the project almost completed, communities within the catchment are assured of reduced water challenges.

Speaking on Tuesday when he toured the project site, Mwanza, whose tenure at the board ends in December, said operations of the board including accessibility of portable water have improved the past few years.

“As I leave office, I am glad to say that I have contributed to improved accessibility of potable water to people in the Northern Region. The board’s income as well as water connectivity have improved.

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“Our big assignment was Chitipa Water Supply Project which is now at 90 percent away from completion. What is remaining is Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to connect power,” Mwanza said.

The Project Coordinator, Khumbo Mwafulirwa, said currently, the board is using power generators to pump water.

He however, argued that the power is not enough compared to the power Escom is going to provide.

Over 47,000 people are expected to benefit from the project by the year 2030.

NRWB has for the past years been supplying water to people of Chitipa Boma as well as surrounding trading centres from 13 boreholes.

However, the pumping system on the boreholes could not meet the demand because of increased water connections.

Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (Badea) pumped in $10million( around K7.3 billion) for the project while Malawi Government supported it with $3 million (K2.1billion).

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