BWB gets tough: to permanently disconnect customers with longstanding bills


The Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has said it will permanently disconnect water supply for customers who fail to pay their longstanding bills in the next 12 months.

Pricilla Mateyu

Pricilla Mateyu says BWB wants to deal with accumulated bills.

The board has said customers are allowed to pay water bills in instalments for twelve months for them to have a reconnection but those who will fail to pay will have their water supply permanently disconnected.

Spokesperson for BWB Priscilla Mateyu said the board hopes to collect debts which have accumulated for a long period.

As a way of avoiding such debts in future, BWB introduced prepaid metres in some areas in the commercial city of Blantyre.

Established in January 1929 after the construction of Hynde Dam Scheme, BWB provided the first piped water to residents of Blantyre in 1930 and later the completion of Mudi Dam in 1953 boosted the capacity to reach many customers.

Among its major projects, the board wants to tap water from Mulanje to meet the demand for water supply in the city.



  1. People must for once come together, dig deep Wells, manage them properly & do away with Water Boards cos Tap Water is for the wealthy.

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