Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) has warned of more water contamination incidents in Area 18 saying many sewer pipes in the area are in bad condition.
The warning comes days after a contamination incident in Area 18 on July 18 when water mixed up with faeces after a sewer pipe burst.
Speaking during a public hearing on the matter organized by Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) on Friday, LWB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alfonso Chikuni said water in the area is likely to get contaminated again as more sewer pipes are noted to not be in a good condition.
“Last night when we were about to knock off, my team advised me that the sewer pipe had gone far beyond, the potential of contaminating water is very high,” said Chikuni.
He added that LWB plans to close the Area 18 water supply pipe until all sewer pipes are rehabilitated to avoid a repeat of the July 18 incident.
Various stakeholders have been faulting the authorities for having people drink water that was contaminated arguing citizens from Area 18 are likely to suffer from diseases.
Some quarters believe people from Area 18 should be compensated since some of them used the contaminated water.