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EIB approves €15 million water treatment loan

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Felix Mlusu

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €15 million [about K14.4 billion] loan facility for the government to finance construction of an additional water treatment plant by Lilongwe Water Board (LWB).

The tank would see increased access to water services in Lilongwe City.

It will increase water production for the city by 50,000m3 per day from the 125,000m3, resulting in increased capacity from 16 hours to 24 hours a day.

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In a statement, the board quotes Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu as hailing the bank for the support.

“The financing towards the TW3 [water treatment plant] under the Lilongwe Water Board has come at the right time as it will help the board provide potable water to the growing urban population in Lilongwe City and surrounding areas,” Mlusu says.

LWB acting Chief Executive Officer Silli Mbewe said the project, which comes after the upgrading of Kamuzu Dam 1, would ease challenges facing the city.

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“This would mean that we will be able to abstract and treat an additional 50,000m3 per day which is enough to meet the growing demand,” Mbewe said.

The project will also have an aspect on efficiency improvement measures on the board’s existing treatment plants.

The board has two water treatment plants with a combined production capacity of 125,000m3 per day.

On average, the plants operate at 80 percent capacity, producing about 105,000m3 per day on average, of which about 37,800m3 per day (36 percent) are unaccounted for.

Construction of the third treatment plant will augment water production to the city’s significant supply-demand deficits.

It is a medium-term intervention, corresponding to the ongoing EIB-funded raising and rehabilitation of Kamuzu Dam 1.

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