New water plant improves supply of clean water to Karonga residents

New water plant improves supply of clean water to Karonga residents

Over the last 5 years the EU has provided access to safe drinking water for 1 million Malawians

Water supply to Karonga has greatly improved following the commissioning of the new plant; there are no longer interruptions due to plant breakdowns other than power outages. Due to increased production the storage tanks have adequate levels most of the time and this has also improved pressures and flows in most areas.

Lettow Chilongo (Planning Manager-Northen Region Water Board)

CONTEXT

Karonga is a fast growing town with 70 000 inhabitants. Although it is located on the shores of Lake Malawi, a fresh water lake, water supply has been a great challenge because the existing system had major technical challenges. Before 2010, the existing water system was supplied from ground water source by motorised boreholes. However due to ever changing nature of ground water quality and the rapidly rising urban population, maintenance of this system became a challenge as well.

OBJECTIVES

  • The project aimed at reducing poverty and improve livelihoods by providing access to safe water to 21 000 persons.
  • Increase hygiene awareness in communities and schools
  • Increase access to safe sanitation in public places for 30 000 people.

RESULTS

  • Increased water production capacity: from 7 200 m3 per day to of 12 000 m3 per day
  • The number of metered connections has increased to 8 000 (July 2016) from 6 000 (Jan 2015) at the beginning of the project

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 51 000 school children, men and women in both Karonga and Mzuzu have been reached with safe water

TESTIMONY

Water is life

Reliable and improved water supply has enabled more people to access safe water in communal water points, through group and individual connections.

In addition to its financial contribution to the plant in Karonga, the Nothern Region Water Board (NRWB) with funding from the EU and UN-Habitat managed to reach 51 000 school children, men and women in both Karonga and Mzuzu with safe water in unserved/underserved peri-urban communities and schools through the Project.

In the end the NRWB has leveraged donor resources to improve its own capacity to supply water to ever increasing urban populations as well as increasing its customer base thereby fulfilling its core mandate of supplying adequate and safe water to these urban populations.

This EU funded project has brought life to so many people around Mzuzu and Karonga, because water is life.