BY SITILITHA MPEMBENJI
BLANTYRE-Malawians have been assured of ‘value for money’ services from water boards following a signing of a pact which will compel the water boards to strive for efficient provision of water.
While Southern Region Water Board was the first to sign the agreement with CAMA, Northern Region Water Board (NRWB), Central Region Water Board (CRWB) and Blantyre Water Board (BWB) appended their signatures to the paper yesterday in Blantyre.
The development comes amidst public outcry over recent adjustments of water tariffs.
Speaking at ceremony, CAMA Executive Director, John Kapito said the rationale behind the hike in water tariffs is understood, though displeasing.
“There is a need for water boards to share crucial information regarding their operations in time to avoid misconceptions from consumers,” Kapito said.
He further highlighted grievances from customers about the rise in water tariffs. The water boards have since pledged their commitment.
Although Malawi is one of the smallest and least-developed countries in the African continent, research indicates it is showing great progress and leadership in reaching everyone with clean water.
The current Tonse Alliance government, under the leadership of Lazarus Chakwera and Saulos Klaus Chilima, has also listed potable water as a priority.