In Malawi, 80% of the population has gained access to an improved source of drinking water, but that still leaves about 4 million people who still lack access to safe water.
Malawi achieved the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal target for water but 10% of Malawians are still without access to a safe water facility.
To close the access gap, and provide clean water to all Malawians, the government has embarked on a number of major water infrastructure investment projects to maintain and expand water generation and supply including rehabilitation, water treatment works, upgrading of infrastructure at water board stations as well as comprehensive maintenance of plant and equipment to sustain current production.
With funding from the World Bank, the government is currently securing water supply to half a million residents in Lilongwe. The $100 million Lilongwe Water and Sanitation Project will enhance capacity for improved water services, and safely managed sanitation services.
The government will also tap water from Likhubula River in Mulanje to supplement the current water supply to Blantyre city and parts of Mulanje, Chiradzulu and Thyolo districts. It will also tap water from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe city and parts of Salima and Dowa districts.
Through the Local Development Fund (LDF), government is supporting local government councils by constructing various water distribution infrastructures across the country, including transmission mains and associated pumping stations and storage reservoirs.