Four months after Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) resumed implementation of the Nkhata Bay Town Water and Sanitation Project, officials have expressed satisfaction with the pace of works.
NRWB Director of Operations Asumani Ungwe said, when Water and Sanitation Minister Abida Mia inspected the project site on Wednesday, that the rate of completion was at 70 percent.
“We anticipate to complete the project by February next year,” he said.
Initially, works were supposed to be completed by December this year but, according to the board, suspension of the project in May negatively affected timelines.
The African Development Bank suspended the disbursement of funds to the project over concerns related to health and safety rules requirements.
“From the time works resumed, progress has been good,” he said.
Mia commended the board for planting 400,000 trees along Nkhata River.
“The trees will project the catchment area,” she said.
The K30.5 billion project involves rehabilitating, upgrading and expanding the existing Nkhata Bay town water supply system and the provision of solid and liquid waste management facilities to provide reliable and sustainable potable water and sanitation services.
It is expected that the expansion would benefit over 150,000 residents of Nkhata Bay and surrounding areas.