K21 Billion Kwacha Nkhatabay Water,Sanitation projects starts

By Blair Mhone

The K21.7 billion Nkhata Bay Town Water and Sanitation Project, which is expected to benefit over 100,000 people in the lakeshore district once completed, has rolled off.

Chief Executive Officer for the Northern Region Water Board, Titus Mtegha, said the project is a long term solution to challenges currently facing urban communities in the provision of access to potable and sustainable water supply and improved sanitation services.”The commencement of the project means that after its completion in 18 months’ time, the percentage of people with access to safe and potable water will increase from the current 55% to 90% while access to good sanitation facilities will jump from 10% to 60%.”

Senior Chief Mkumbira said residents of Nkhata Bay Town have had challenges in accessing to potable water and good sanitation services.Meanwhile, board chair for the NRWB, James Munthali, has advised the contractor, China Civil Construction Company, to complete the project in time.Apart from the construction of additional water reservoir tanks and installation of new pipelines to all strategic areas of the district, the Board is also supplying liquid and solid waste disposal trucks and facilities to the district council as part of the project.

The project is being funded by the African Development Bank, Opec Fund for International Development and thr Malawi Government