The Northern Region Waterboard (NRWB) this week disclosed plans to open a water-bottling plant at the state-of-the-art water supply plant constructed by Paladin Africa Limited in Karonga district. The plant is currently is idle.
Paladin in 2010 constructed the ultra-modern water supply plant as part of its social responsibility in the district, but due to the high operational and maintenance costs, the NRWB abandoned the plant.
Speaking to Maravi Post, NRWB Director of Finance Francis Munthali, said the bottling plant will assist the board and Karonga District Council to gain extra revenue and provide clean water to the district communities.
“Our plan is to produce 7.5 cubic litres weekly. As water is already purified using a filter membrane system, it means the water can be bottled straight away,” he said.
Munthali added that the NRWB hopes to start bottling at the plant in the upcoming year because the Government had already given the green light on the project.
In his remarks, Cossam Munthali, Executive Director of Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), while commending the statutory corporation for the idea, said an enquiry needs to be commissioned to determine why the ultra modern water plant failed to be of benefit to the communities as was its intent.
“Paradin have failed to own up to the social responsibilities, they have constructed this high tech plant, but no one has benefited from it due to high operational and maintainance costs, therefore serious questions must be asked,” a passionate Munthali said.
Karonga residents have however, welcomed the development.