Blantyre Water Board (BWB), which is one of the country’s water services utility parastatals, has been producing piped water for household and industrial use for years.
The development comes in the wake of President Professors Peter Mutharika’s surprise visit to the BWB head offices at Mudi on Tuesday.
The President applauded BWB’s plans to develop a new water source from Shire and Likhubula Water Supply from Mulanje Mountain.
“I am particularly excited and supportive of the Likhubula Water Supply System project the board is planning to undertake,” President Mutharika said.
“My government also supports the board's long term plans to develop a new water source on the River Shire in order to meet the 2040 projected demand of 230,000 cubic metres of treated water.”
He said my government would conclude the deal to secure about MK14 billion for the Likhubula Water System project to offer an additional 20,000 cubic metres of water production to reduce the water deficit in the city.
Through the reform programmes BWB will also produce its own electricity supply just like other water boards.
BWB and other water boards in the country will be saving K1 billion every four months they pay for electricity.
But the state of equipment that the board uses in processing water and deforestation around Mudi Dam catchment areas are issues of concern to the President.
“I am happy to report that that the Blantyre Water Board has made noteworthy progress in improving its infrastructure mainly at the main pumping site - the Walkers ferry in a bid to increase both pumping and distribution capacity,” he said.
The President has commended people for being understanding and patient ‘in the face of extreme water challenges.’