Machinjiri residents cry foul over intermittent water supply

People of Blantyre city’s Machinjiri township have complained of interrupted water supply for the recent time.

A visit by Akometsi to the township witnessed long queues of people in water sources, a sign that they are struggling to access it.

And then, our reporter took it to the supplier, Blantyre Water Board (BWB) officials who conceded the problem.

The parastatal’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Evelyn Khonje, in a her response to a questionnaire, is quoted as saying “the challenges of water supply in Machinjiri is a result of technical challenges ranging from power failures from ESCOM, some pipe bursts and construction of structures on top of our pipes and valves.”

She elaborated that these cause water supply interruption.

Khonje further said as a supplier, they also have challenges that are localized around the area which include pipe damage as roads are being graded and people stealing fittings, where also in some instances, some communities close BWB valves.

But she was quick to say that BWB attends to all reported faults as soon as feasible.

And while emphasizing that “clean water is a responsibility for all, and Malawians should protect it,” the Board also encourages community leaders to sensitize their subjects on the ills of vandalising BWB fittings.

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