Quality Water Remains a Challenge In Africa-AFWA
The African Water Association AFWA has admitted that access to quality water remains a challenge in most African countries, with Malawi being among the top countries where people do not have access to safe and clean water.
Speaking during a media training on Saturday in Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire, Director of Water Quality Laboratory of Sodeci in Cote d’Ivoire Professor Aw Sadat said most people in African countries are forced to use unsafe water hence calling for collaboration among stakeholders to reverse the trend.
“There is a need for all water utility bodies in Africa to be well equipped to control the quality of water that is distributed to its users to ensure that people’s health is not affected,” he said.
Meanwhile, AFWA’s vice president for the Southern African Region who is also the Chief Executive Officer for Lilongwe Water Board Sili Mbewe, says despite having a challenge of financing for investment and lack of cost reflective tariff for sustainability, the water utility body is working to ensure that people from its designated water supply area and beyond have safe water.
Mbewe says the board is well equipped and ensuring that the water supply is safe and fit for human use.
“Monitoring and testing is intensified and we have established chlorination sites at strategic reservoirs to ensure adequate residual chlorine is always available at consumption sites,” he said.
Meanwhile, minister of water and sanitation Abida Mia has told Zodiak Online that among other interventions, her ministry is discussing with relevant stakeholders to have safe water accessible and affordable, at the same time ensuring that it does not affect sustainability of water boards.