President Dr Lazarus Chakwera says his government is committed to improving the health and livelihoods of the people in the country through access to potable and sustainable water supply and improved sanitation services.
The Malawi leader made the remarks during a tour of the $30.5 million (K31.5 billion) Nkhata-Bay Water and Sanitation Project in the district.
Dr Chakwera expressed delight at the commitment of the staff working on the project.
“Am pleased that the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing water supply systems will provide reliable and sustainable potable water services to Nkhata-Bay Town and surrounding areas.”
Dr Chakwera added that his government will continue to improve the country by ensuring that people have access to social and economic amenities.
In his remarks, Northern Region Water Board, Chief Executive Officer, Titus Mtegha, said the number of beneficiaries of the project will be 105,000 by the year 2040.
“Under the project, we are also upgrading the capacity of the water treatment plant from 1,500 to 20,000 cubic metres per day and a total of 14 kilometres of water transmission pipelines will be laid,” said Mtegha.
Meanwhile, 77% physical progress of works have been done since the inception of the project and it is expected to be commissioned in April 2023
The project is being financed through a $15 million grant package from African Development Bank, $a 12 million loan from OPEC Fund and $3 million from the Malawi Government coffers.
Reported by Peter Makawa, MBC Online Services.