16 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:06 AM
Water problems to persist in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe
The dry days in Lilongwe are not over yet and residents of the city should brace for even tougher times in which water will keep being rationed.
According to the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) public relations officer Bright Sonani, the development is as a result of low levels of water in Lilongwe River which is the main source of the city’s water.
Sonani said people in the city especially those from the affected areas should hang on as they will start receiving normal water from the board as soon as the rains begins.
“As we have been saying, the water problem that has hit hard the city isn’t our fault. This is due to the climate change which has seen more environmental things changing.
“We had inadequate rain last season and that led to the lowering of water levels in our water sources and that’s why we have been encouraging our customers to use the available water wisely until the problem will be over,” said Sonani.
He added that the board is working tirelessly to find other means of supplying water to its customers and one of the alternative solutions is to dig up boreholes in some areas of the city.
Meanwhile, the board has blamed people in the city especially those staying along the Lilongwe River for contributing to the worsening of the water problem by cutting trees along the river bank and stealing LWB materials such as water pipes.
Some most affected areas in the city according to the board are Kawale, Chilinde, and areas 23, 24, and 22.