Power shortages affects capacity of NRWB to spply water

Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) is currently facing challenges to sufficiently supply water to its customers, saying persistent power blackouts have affected operations of the water supply institution.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Wednesday, NRWB’s Public Relations Officer, Edward Nyirenda, said pumping water across hydro pumps requires high supply off electricity, but with the current electricity situation, the water board struggles to supply water in required quantities.

The current electricity supply situation affecting the country has seen Mzuzu City residents and surrounding areas getting low water volumes, which happens in most parts of the city.

“The recent power blackouts are affecting much of our system, that’s why we can’t supply water in some areas for 24 hours.

“Both the board and our customers have been affected, the current power supply is not enough to supply huge volumes of water,” Nyirenda pointed out.

He said the current electricity situation has forced NRWB to make sure it utilizes the little opportunity it finds when there is electricity to fill the tanks with water so that when there is power blackout, the institution is still able to supply some water to its clients.

“We care about our customers and across all areas we supply water to, as such, we are always alert. We make sure our tanks are full before any blackouts,” Nyirenda added.

Despite the frequent power blackouts, NRWB has assured residents in Mzuzu and its entire jurisdiction, that it will ensure customers are supplied with piped water.

“We should assure our customers that the board is trying its best to supply them with safe piped water. We are at their disposal and our mission is to supply our customers in the north with adequate water,” the PRO assured.

Like many parts of the country, Mzuzu City is facing frequent power blackouts due to low water levels in Lake Malawi as well as the Shire River, according to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA