The Government of Malawi through Northern Region Water Board implemented the US$22.85 million Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project to contribute to socio-economic growth of Malawi through provision of sustainable potable water supply and improved sanitation in Mzimba and surrounding areas.
The Project financed by OPEC Fund for International Development - US$14.85 million, African Development Bank - US$5 million and the Government of Malawi - US$3 million was implemented between 2015 to 2019
The project had three components:
- Water Infrastructure Development
- Water Resource Management
- Sanitation and Hygiene
Under the Water Infrastructure Development, NRWB engaged SAWA Group Limited to carry out water supply works. The construction works commenced in May 2017 and were completed in October 2018.
The water supply works involved;
- upgrading and expanding the treatment capacity from 1,500m3/day to 12,000m3/day,
- Upgrading of the transmission pipelines
- upgrading and expansion of the distribution pipe network
- construction of storage tanks with the total capacity of 6500m3.
Under the water resource management, the works involved the establishment and rehabilitation of river gauging stations and catchment protection. The gauging stations were established and rehabilitated for monitoring changes in water levels of Mzimba River.
Under catchment protection, the main activities included tree planting and community support with bee-hives for alternative improved community livelihoods. Over 600 000 trees have been planted
The sanitation and Hygiene component involved promotion of sanitation and hygiene within the communities. Communities within the supply areas have been triggered to adopt improved sanitation and hygiene practices.
The Project has also rehabilitated the sludge ponds near Mzimba District hospital, constructed public latrines in schools and a solid waste disposal site.
The Project further procured a solid waste disposal vehicle (skip carrier) and handed over to M’mbelwa District Council for transporting of wastes to disposal site.
The Project also constructed some auxiliary structures. These included Mzimba Scheme Office complex, some staff houses and a laboratory.