Written by  Simeone Boyce

The Nkhata-Bay Water Supply and Sanitation project in Nkhata-bay is on course. A visit at the site by MBC has established that contractor of the project China Civil Construction Company is working around the clock to finish the work within the timeframe . Once completed the project is expected to increase Nkhata-Bay residents’ access to potable water and sanitation facilities.


With the US$30.5 million funding Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) embarked on this project to improve its water supply capacity and sanitation in Nkhata-Bay district.


Works involve upgrading the treatment plant to increase production capacity from 2 350 cubic meters per day to 19 263 cubic meters per day.


According to Public Relations Officer for Northern Region Water Board Edward Nyirenda, the lakeshore district is currently experiencing more challenges in access to potable water and this project will provide a solution.  


“We are upgrading and expanding the treatment plant so that we should be able to produce more water to cater for the growing population here as well as other centers. We are also increasing the storage capacity of our system because currently the storage capacity is only 1.5 million litres per day but this project the capacity will increase to around 9 million litres,” said Nyirenda. 


Nyirenda also added that There will also be construction of service reservoirs with a total storage capacity of 10 000 cubic metres at five different locations.


On sanitation, NRWB through the project is also rehabilitating and increasing capacity of Nkhata- Bay hospital sewer system to cater for other areas.


The project is expected to be completed by early next year and it will increase Nkhata-Bay residents’ access to potable water from 37 to 90 percent and access to sanitation facilities from 45 to 85 percent.

In October 2018, the African Development Bank Group approved a $15 million grant from the African Development Fund for the project. While this only covers for half of the estimated project cost, other funds will come from Opec Fund for International Development (a $12 million loan) and the Malawi Government ($3.4 million).

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