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Lilongwe Water Board on course with free water connection

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Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has said it has so far received 27,474 applications for free water connection almost five months after the government introduced the initiative in the country.

The government, through the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, launched the policy in April this year targeting households covering a maximum of 24 metres from the service line.

LWB Public Relations Manager Chisomo Chibwana said the board has managed to make 2,500 installations out of the 11,000 assessed so far.

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“The board is committed to doing 7,500 installations under the government policy. In addition, under the Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project the Board is poised to do additional 14,700 free water connection installations,” Chibwana said.

She said initially the board had limited staff not matching the high demand for the free new water connections and the board required additional staff to match the pace at which the new water connection applications were being made

“The board has since recruited additional 27 members of staff to beef up the free water connection team,” Chibwana said.

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Minister of Water and Sanitation Abida Mia said after the commencement of the initiative that funds were available for the boards to implement the works.

She stressed that through the initiative one person was entitled to one free connection per year.

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