100 boreholes that Concern Universal, is drilling and rehabilitating in Phalombe are expected to improve lives of over 25, 000 people in the district through proper hygiene practices and sanitation.
The Organization is drilling and rehabilitating the boreholes under a Water Sanitation and Hygiene project called Scaling-up successful, Sustainable and Innovative WASH service delivery Approaches in Malawi, which among other things focuses on assisting villages to stop Open Defecation.
Speaking on Friday during a tour of the project’s outcomes, District Commissioner for Phalombe Harry Phiri hailed the organization for improving rural people’s lives through provision of clean safe water.
Safe water is a basic need and providing it to the communities is one of the most successful approaches to achieve Hygiene and Sanitation, because where there is no safe water it is hard for households to practice hygiene and sanitation, said Phiri, adding that drilling and rehabilitation of the boreholes would further reduce pressure on water resources in the district.
According to the District Water Development Office, the normal borehole-human ratio in Malawi is 1:250, but in many villages of the district over 250 people rely on one borehole causing it to overwork and breakdown easily.
Commenting on access to clean safe water, Patrick Nyundo of Mzinganyama village, Traditional Authority Jenala in the district said over 700 people of his village and at least 100 others from a neighboring village were all relying on two boreholes drilled by Concern Universal in his village, due to scarcity of the resource.
Nyundo further hoped that at the end of the borehole drilling and rehabilitation exercise by the organization the ratio will have been reduced to reasonable figures in many villages.
Meanwhile, out of the 100 boreholes earmarked for Phalombe district, 52 old boreholes have been rehabilitated and 9 new ones have been drilled
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA