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Northern Region Water Board Applauded on solar energy strategy

By Gracian Jeke

Mzuzu, Mana: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has applauded Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) for a solar energy system project which will see the board save K16million monthly.

PAC chairperson Shadrick Namalomba was speaking on Saturday when his committee toured some projects which are being implemented by NRWB in Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay.

“This is very wonderful project as it will reduce electricity bills almost by half. From K32 million kwacha to K16 million per month,” he said.

Namalomba also commended Northern Region Water Board for a disposal treatment which is under construction at Nkhata Bay Hospital.

“As Public Accounts Committee we see value for money in this. Our plea is that this should continue and we want to see the progress,” he said.

Before touring the sites, NRWB lobbied PAC for approval of funds at Parliament meant for new projects.

Namalomba assured the board that PAC will support the board saying: “We will support the projects so long those projects deliver positive results to the people of Malawi.

“We see that NRWB is a typical example of a team of professionals that is working towards delivering a service to Malawians and we want to encourage them.

He urged the Civil Service and all government institutions to emulate what is happening at Northern Region Water Board.

Namalomba particularly asked Southern Region Water Board, Blantyre Water Board, Central Region Water Board and Lilongwe Water Board to emulate and learn god practices that NRWB is doing.

NRWB chief executive officer Titus Mthegha described the project as the first of its kind in the country.

“We are spending 2.6 million Euros for this project and once it is completed we will save about of money we normally pay Escom just to supply water in Mzuzu City and Ekwendeni,” he said.

Besides Mzuzu and Nkhata Bay PAC also toured Karonga Water Supply system project.

Recently Escom disconnected NRWB due to unsettled electricity bills, a development that led to lack of water in a number of townships in Mzuzu City.