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On-going Projects

Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project
The US$22.85 (MK16.7 billion) Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project is currently in progress. The main objective of the Project is to improve the welfare of the people of Mzimba through the provision of potable water and sanitation services. The project has two major components – water infrastructure development and sanitation and hygiene.
Currently construction works for the water component are in progress. The works will be carried out over a period of 18 months from May 2017 to October 2018 to be followed by a defects liability period.
The Board also engaged DBM Construction and M&J Construction in Joint Venture to supply materials and construct sanitation facilities at Mzimba at a contract sum of MK287,461,373.00. The works commenced in August and will run for 12 months to be followed by a 12 months’ defect liability period.
The Board had also engaged Water Waste and Environmental Consultants to prepare sanitation and hygiene investment plan for Mzimba which was launched in April 2017. The Board also engaged EMD Consulting Engineers in association with ARCOD to conduct sanitation marketing and hygiene promotion at Mzimba Town up to 2018.
The project is being financed by Opec Fund for International Development (OFID) – US$14.85 million, African Development Bank (AfDB) - US$ 5 million and the Malawi Government/NRWB - US$ 3 million. The project is expected to complete in June 2019.

Malawi NRWB Water Efficiency Project
Malawi NRWB Water Efficiency Project is financed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the tune of MK15.8 billion (approximately €20.5 million). This is a 4-year project which is running from 2016 to 2019. The project is for implementing stop-gap measures necessary to sustain water supply to Mzuzu City and Ekwendeni. The project was conceived after noting that it was taking long to source MK87.6 billion (approximately US$120 million) required to construct a second dam (Lambilambi Dam) to supply water to Mzuzu City and surrounding areas.
The Project involves:
a. Reduction of non-revenue water from 36% to 20% by the year 2020 and implementation of GIS/Hydraulic Model and replacement of malfunctioning water meters
b. Upgrading of Ekwendeni Water Supply System so that Ekwendeni is not supplied water from Mzuzu
c. Exploration, drilling and development of boreholes in Mzuzu and Ekwendeni
d. Upgrading and extension of water distribution systems in Mzuzu and Ekwendeni.
The processes for engaging consultants, contractors and suppliers required for the project are at an advanced stage. Works are expected to commence in August 2018 and will be completed by December 2019.

Completed Projects

The Board has completed construction of the Chitipa Water Supply System. The facilities that have been constructed include a new water treatment plant at Kalenge, 40.9 kilometre transmission pipelines, 48.8 kilometre distribution lines, pump stations and 6 storage tanks and a clear water tank. 3000 metres were also supplied for new water connections.
The project whose construction began in July 2015 by PLEM Construction is being funded to the tune of US$13 million with US$10 million provided by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and US$3 million by the Government of Malawi.
The new system was commissioned in March 2017.

The Board has completed installation of new pressure filters at the Karonga Water Treatment Plant. The works were carried out by SAWA Group Limited at the sum of about MK500 million. The Board financed the project with its own resources
The new filters were commissioned in 2016.
The project has helped alleviate challenges the Board was experiencing with the Paladin donated Garnet Halliday Plant.

3. UN Habitat WASH Project
In partnership with UN Habitat, the Board has implemented a project to improve water supply in peri urban areas of Mzuzu City and Karonga Town. The project has increased access to water supply and improved sanitation to 51,000 community members and school children in low income areas of Mzuzu City and Karonga Towns.
The EU through UN Habitat provided USD455,883 while the Board co-financed with the amount of USD 617,772; the bulk of which was used towards Karonga Pressure Filters Project.
The project was implemented over a two-year period from July 2015 to May 2017.

4. Red Cross WASH Project
In partnership with Red Cross Malawi, the Board implemented another project to improve water supply in some areas in the Board’s supply areas. The project covered WASH activities in the low income and peri urban areas of Mzuzu City and Karonga towns and the target population was 45,000.
The project was financed by EU through Netherlands and Red Cross with a sum of €239,160. The funding covered all project costs while staffing and administrative costs were contributed by the NRWB.
The project started in October 2014 and was completed in June 2017.

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