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NRWB Hands Over K42 Million School Block

FB IMG 1525328261980Northern Region Water Board has officially handed over a school block it has constructed worth MK42 million to Rumphi Secondary School.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Chairman for NRWB, Reverend Howard Matiya Nkhoma said that the Board decided to construct the block to address the challenge of inadequate learning facilities due to the growing population of students at the school.
Nkhoma said the Board will continue to support several other schools within its supply area as part of its corporate responsibility which is to contribute to the growth and development of the communities and the nation as a whole.
“The Board’s strategic investment in education brings with it benefits for both local communities and for the Board itself. The community benefits from the creation and support of an enabling environment for both learning and teaching that will assist in the sustainable empowerment of the community and its residents,” he explained.
The Head Teacher and Chairperson for the Parents Teachers Association for the school thanked NRWB for the timely assistance. The two stated that the school block has greatly improved the learning environment for students at the school.
The block has four classrooms sitting 200 students. The Board also bought 200 desks for classrooms including teachers’ chairs.

NRWB Signs MoU for Kalenge Forest Management Plan

Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chitipa District Council and Communities on the management of the catchment area for Kalenge River which is a raw water source for the new Chitipa Water Supply System.
The Forest Management Plan which is the second and will run for three years to 2021 is aimed at ensuring protection of the Kalenge catchment area. The Plan was developed by the Village Natural Resources Management Committee in joint collaboration with the Board and District Forestry Office to ensure that the forest as well as the Kalenge River is used wisely and continues to be available for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations.
The plan constitutes other objectives such as; reducing soil erosion, ensuring potable and quality water for communities in Chitipa as well as improving the livelihood of people through creation of eco-friendly income generating activities such as bee-farming. Among others, the plan also incorporates Resource Use and Management Rules to avoid unnecessary cutting down of trees as well as bush-firing.
This plan was first developed in 2014 and was reviewed in 2017. Through the plan, the Board together with the communities has planted over 300 000 trees with survival rate at 89 percent
The new Chitipa Water Supply System was commissioned in July 2017 by His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika.

NRWB Launches RRA Initiatives

RRA 1Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) has launched the Rapid Results Approach (RRA) initiative in a bid to recover MK800 million individual and private sector customers owe the Board and also improve institutional performance.
Launching the initiative, Chief Executive Officer for the Board, Titus Mtegha explained that the RRA is a system of registering tangible results in key result areas by breaking down long term targets into 100 day milestones.
“Under RRA, we want to see how we can make gains and do things differently so that we achieve results. We have set ourselves 100 days to achieve the results of reducing debtors from the current MK800 million which translates to almost 65 days and reduce it to 45 days,” he said.
Mtegha emphasized that the RRA will improve service delivery through improved liquidity to finance operations of the Board.
In his remarks, Chairperson of the Board Rev Howard Matiya Nkhoma urged all employees to engage an extra gear for the initiative to bear results.

Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project Takes Shape

mzimba 2 Substantial progress continues to be registered on the Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project.
Under the main component of water infrastructure development, SAWA Group has completed nearly a third of construction works of the USD22.85 million project and is on schedule. Works are being carried out on all sites – the access road, treatment plant, reservoirs, office block, transmission and distribution lines.
On sanitation works, the contractor in also on the ground and has started works to rehabilitate sewer ponds at the Mzimba District Hospital and also construct ecosan toilets in selected schools within Mzimba Urban.
Once completed the project is expected to ease water supply challenges being experienced in Mzimba and also extend supply to over 5000 new customers.
The project is being financed by the Opec Fund for International Development (OFID): USD14.85 million, African Development Bank (AfDB): USD 5 million and Malawi Government/NRWB: USD 5 million.

NRWB, SRWB Renew Twinning Arrangement

Twinning 1Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) and Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) have renewed their twinning agreement aimed at improving performance for the two utilities.
The two utilities first signed the agreement in March 2016 with the goal of increasing the capacity of the utilities to develop and implement innovative and effective strategies for delivery and management of water supply and sanitation services through sharing of knowledge and skills.
Since then, the two utilities have conducted a number of short term staff exchange visits to share knowledge and skills.
The Chairmen for the utilities Rev Howard Matiya Nkhoma (NRWB) and Luther Mambala signed the agreement on behalf of the utilities at Kawiluwilu House on 15 December 2017.
The twinning agreement is running for a three year period to February 2019.

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