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K2.1 billion spent on free water connection

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By Wezzie Gausi:

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has, so far, spent K2.1 billion on free water connections.

In April, the ministry announced that 28,750 people had been earmarked for water connection for the 2022-23 financial year under the Free Water Connection Policy, in line with President Lazarus Chakwera’s pronouncement.

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Minister responsible, Abida Mia, told The Daily Times that, so far, 10,000 free connections have been made in the country’s five water boards.

She said Lilongwe Water Board has, so far, connected 3,500 people, Blantyre Water Board 1,800, Northern Region Water Board 2,500, Central Region Water Board 700 connections and Southern Region Water Board 1,800 free connections.

“From where I stand, we are heading in the right direction in terms of free water connections. This is an ongoing process and we believe that, as time goes, more people will receive free water connections,” Mia said.

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She said the main challenge faced in the exercise has been the tendency of some suppliers, who take long to supply connection materials.

The new policy came into effect from April 1 2022.

Free water connection is aligned to the Malawi 2063 vision and the Sustainable Development Goal that promotes easy access to potable water and sanitation services.

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