Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) says residents of Liwonde, Balaka and those in trading centers along Liwonde - Mangochi road will by the end of next year have potable water from Lake Malombe and some ground water.
SRWB spokesperson Rita Makwangwala says they are currently facing huge challenges to supply adequate water in most of its water supply areas, thereby necessitating the plan for provision of piped water supply in such areas.
"Most of the existing schemes have outlived their design life and are unable to meet the present water demand, while water quality is also compromised as the treatment plants are treating water beyond their design capacities.
"Aged storage reservoirs, distribution network losses as well as customer meters’ inaccuracies have increased non-revenue leaving most of the market centres with no piped water and the projects will address these challenges," Makwangwala told Zodiak Online on Tuesday.
She said the Lake Malombe supply system will adequately serve the projected design population of 137,576 by 2040, while the other Ulongwe project that will rely on ground water through six boreholes will serve the projected design population of 12,705 also by 2040.
Emmanuel Nkhonjera, water monitoring assistant for Balaka District council said the salinity of water in most parts of the district is high and these projects will assist greatly.
Nkhonjera said:- "We are hopeful that these projects will meet the water challenges many people are facing currently."
Government of Malawi (GoM) received financing from the Export-Import Bank through the Government of India (GOI) supported Line of Credit (LOC), for drinking water supply schemes and other development projects.
GoM has allocated part of the LOC amount for the construction of new water source on Shire River and establishing of new water supply centers at Fatima, Migowi, Thondwe, Ulongwe and Zalewa market centers.
This will also include upgrading and extension of existing water supply schemes at Mwanza, Liwonde and Balaka under Southern Region Water Board.
The total cost of the project for SRWB is US$ 65.6 million