Water Project Changing Livelihoods

Ministry of Agriculture has hailed success of the Sustainable Rural Water and Sanitation, Infrastructure for improved health and livelihood project in three of five target districts.
It is estimated that at least 400 thousand of the 500 thousand targeted communities now have access to portable and sanitary water. Speaking at the launch of the project, Project Coordinator for Rumphi Kondwani Msowoya, said out of the five districts the project is being implemented in, three are doing well in the supply of gravity-fed water supply system. The project seeks to ensure that more Malawians have access to clean and potable water as a way of achieving universal access to water and good health for all. Msowoya, said since its inception in Rumphi in 2018, the project has now reached out to about 90 per cent of its targeted population. “Ntcheu and Phalombe are yet to be completed,” Msowoya said. Traditional Authority Mwahenga of Rumphi said the project has helped reduce cases of waterborne diseases which were a challenge during the rainy season in the past. Mwahenga also said the availability of water has motivated farmers into irrigation farming. Deputy Director in the Ministry of agriculture, Fidelia Moyo, has since appealed to all involved stakeholders to take care of the intake weirs to ensure sustainability. “The management has been decentralized at local level, there is a separate managing structure comprising of local users and has separate board of directors, and the site has been zoned out as a protected area,” said Moyo. The project in Rumphi consists of five rural water supply schemes with construction of 88 boreholes and 715 taps.
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