The Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has said it is saddened after residents in Area 18 in the city on Tuesday received water that was contaminated with sewage.
The board was reacting to concerns from residents in Area 18A who complained that water which was coming from taps had a muddy colour and a terrible stench.
“I am almost certain the water coming out of the taps of Area 18A is from a sewer,” one resident Justin Kamwendo wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
The board said this happened because one of the supply pipes burst underground and near the vicinity, a broken sewer system was emitting sewer water and this water sipped into their supply pipe.
According to a statement released on Tuesday after the incident was reported, LWB workers rushed to close the supply line and started working on the broken pipe.
Meanwhile, the water supply line has been maintained and disinfected and is now being monitored to make sure it is thoroughly cleaned.
The board disclosed that it will further visit each household in the affected area to test their supply to verify the water’s fitness for human consumption.
On Tuesday, residents in the area were being supplied with clean water from a mobile water bowser.