Chilobwe Runs Dry

Water is life, so they say Water is life, so they say - file photo

Residents of Chilobwe and other areas in Blantyre have complained that they have gone over a week without water supply from the Blantyre Water Board (BWB).

One of the Chilobwe residents says there is a road construction work in the area that has damaged water pipes, leaving the taps dry.

She says they have been enquiring from the Board but nothing tangible has happened.

“Water is life, so they say, but we are struggling to access safe water. We are now entering week two without water. We need water in every day life. With COVID-19 around, we are encouraged to be hygienic all the time but that cannot be achieved without water.

“When we enquire from the water board, they only say graders for Blantyre City Council that are rehabilitating the road are cutting the pipes. We don’t even know shall we have water again,” she says.

BWB Spokesperson, Evelyn Khonje, has acknowledged the problem and has assured the city dwellers that they are working on it.

“Our colleagues from the city assembly are renovating the road; so, in the process, the graders are cutting the pipes and leave the people with dry taps.

“We are discussing with our colleagues from the city on how best to solve this problem,” she said.

Officials from Blantyre City Council could not be reached to respond on the matter.

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