– The Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) MK90 million project to enhance access to quality water as a means to avert fears of waterborne diseases had berm launched in Salima North-West constituency at Traditional Authority (T.A) Khombedza.
A project of the Water Mission, a faith-based organization, it targets 6,000 households that will be able to access the quality water service at an affordable rate.
The water project, which is community-based is set to also serve primary and secondary schools, and health centre at Chitala Trading Centre.
Speaking after handing over the 20 selling points project, Nixon Maston Sinyiza, Water Mission’s Malawi Country Director, told The Maravi Post that the fees attached to water access aims to sustain the initiative.
Sinyiza said the sustainability of the project, depends on the usage of the communities; they will be responsible for maintenance and management of daily operation.
He therefore assured of expanding the initiative to other villages with the existing needs, to avert water crises in the area.
“The financiers of the project, is responding to the request communities made to us through the district council.
We didn’t hesitate, considering the level of water crisis the villagers were subjected to.
We want communities to have quality water services in line with the WASH project, the organization advocate,” said Sinyiza.
The village communities expressed excitement with the initiative, and lauded the Water Mission for the timely intervention on the water crisis that impedes their daily lives.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the area Jessie Kabwira did not mince her words and said the initiative will rejuvenate the children’s school mood as their facilities now has water.
Kabwira therefore urged communities to take full charge of the initiative by avoiding vandalizing and also to plant trees to off-set lowering of water table levels.
“This is one of promise I made to constituents of bringing water for their daily uptake. We can’t take about access to free primary education when villagers don’t have water. This will go a long away to promote sanitation of the communities.
“While are accessing the water, I am also encouraging them to continue planting trees in all bare areas, to lessen the lowering of water table level.
“It’s the best way to address the effects of climate change,” said Kabwira.