On the 11th of November 2020, the Board hosted the Transport and Public Infrastructure Parliamentary Committee at Zalewa in Neno. The committee wanted to appreciate the water related challenges people face in Neno and have an overview of the Zalewa Water Supply Project that has been funded by Exim Bank’s Indian Line of Credit.
Zalewa was selected as one of the Indian Line of Credit beneficiaries based on its potential growth into town resulting from various intended investments prospects by the Malawian Government. As a result of this investment there is an estimated increase in water demand from the current 785m3/day required now to 1,475 m3/day. In light of this the project’s objective is to establish a new water supply centre at Zalewa thereby increasing water supply coverage reaching out to unserved areas. Through this project, the Board aims to create a system that will cater for all customers starting with 200 private customers and 10 communal water points.
The meeting held near Zalewa road block where the Shire River (the proposed water supply source for the project) trails started with a briefing presentation by Project Engineer, Engineer Maxin Saulos Gwengwe. A question and answer session followed raising questions on selection of the beneficiary area’s, the running of communal water points and the economic benefits of the project as the Board needs to pay back the loan it has gotten.
In his closing comment, the Chairman of the Committee Honourable Robert Mwina said he was impressed with the Boards plans and requested that the Board carry out what it has planned. He also pledged his committee’s support in lobbying activities that the Board would need during the project.