Blantyre Water Board authorities have said the parastatal is losing about K1 billion every month to non-revenue water resulting from burst pipes, a situation that is affecting its operations.
The board’s Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Chaweza, made the revelation on Wednesday when the board welcomed three Japanese expatriate volunteers at their offices.
The three will work with the parastatal under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer project.
“We are losing revenue because of these water loses and it does affect the board greatly. For our customers it means no water supply and for us no revenue to re-invest in our services,” Chaweza said.
He then expressed hope that the partnership with JICA will help them explore alternatives on dealing with various technical challenges including non-revenue water.
JICA Malawi Volunteer Coordinator, Goto Akira, said the volunteer programme has, so far, been successful.
“Every year every volunteer must have a final presentation and suggestion to Blantyre Water Board and some reports and suggestions are already here to assist them.
“The percentage of non-revenue water has reduced already -particularly one pilot was to reduce the non-revenue water,” Akira said.
JICA volunteers have helped the board design a water-leak detection equipment that detects whenever there’s leakage on water pipes.
The three volunteers works with Yokohama Waterworks in Japan and are expected to work at Blantyre Water Board till February 6 2020.
Mathews Kasanda is a Journalist who has recently joined Times Group Newsroom as an Intern. He is an outstanding media practitioner and in 2014, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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