The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Honourable Abida Sidik Mia, presided over the commissioning of a solar powered high yield water system constructed by the World Vision Malawi (WVM) at Galeta Primary school in Traditional Authority Njolomole in Ntcheu.
Apart from the high yield piped water system that has a capacity to pump 2 litres of water per second, 14 morden toilets have also been constructed at the school to improve Sanitation amongst students, teachers and surrounding areas. Construction of Six of such structures have been completed around Ntcheu with two more in progress.
Speaking at the event, the Minister expressed gratitude towards World Vision Malawi for their continued support to Government in ensuring that communities across the country have improved water and sanitation services.
The Minister was also excited with the advanced technology infrustructures constructed at the school; suggesting they are inline with President Chakwera’s direction to do away with the traditional boreholes in favor of solar powered high yielding boreholes as an improved and sustainable altenative to reach more people with piped water systems in the rural areas.
Mia further implored players in the water and sanitation sector to emulate World Vision and partner with government in the implementation of projects in the water sector to have for a more coordinated effort in realizing the Sustainable Development Goal number 6.
World Vision has improved access to good sanitation for over 260,000 more people, while providing 93,000 more people with access to clean water through 113 new boreholes. Additionally, World Vision provided 250 toilets to schools and health centres across the country.
World Vision Malawi has invested over 30 million dollars in drilling and mechanizing boreholes, installing water taps and training programs.