Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) has expressed concern that a water plant installed near Lichenza Dam in Thyolo District is not in use due to land degradation around the dam.
The plant was supposed to be supplying water to Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) and surrounding areas.
SRWB Chairperson Ibrahim Matola said the desolate status of the plant was a loss to the government as the equipment was a huge investment.
“The immediate solution is that, during the rainy season, we should utilise this investment. While we tap the water from the dam, we need to sensitise people surrounding the catchment area to the negative effects of destroying the environment.
“We do not have to abandon the investment. If we follow what the Tonse Alliance government is trying to achieve with the tree planting initiative, things like what we have witnessed in Thyolo will stop,” Matola said.
He further said SRWB would ensure that solutions were immediately found for the sake of students and staff at Must— an institution that also offers climate change courses—as well as surrounding areas.
Estates Development Manager at Must, Charles Makamo, said the university was in dire need of water due to the increase in the number of students.
“We are glad that we are discussing these challenges with [SRWB]. Our students’ intake was limited in the past, but now we have a bigger number. We have the same water supply that was there when we had a smaller number of students,” Makamo said.