Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is set to hold first of its kind national workshop on Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction scheduled to take place on June 2 and 3, 2021 at Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel under the theme Moving forward together.
In an interview, LWB acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sili Mbewe said that the workshop seeks to help LWB, JICA and other stakeholder to come up with measures that would assist to deal with issues of NRW in the country.
“The workshop is expected to bring together officials from all Water Boards, Water Users Associations (WUAs), Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources, Yokohama Water Works Bureau from Japan and Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“The officials will share knowledge, best practices, approaches, opinions and experiences on Non-Revenue Water reduction in Malawi,” Mbewe said.
He added that, at the end of the workshop participants will also be able to merge up efforts which water utilities are making in reducing NRW in the country.
“At the end of the workshop participants will be able to consolidate efforts water utilities are making in reducing NRW in the country, they will also highlight challenges they encounter in their day to day operations to reduce water losses.
“Most importantly they will establish a new network for all Water Boards and other stakeholders on NRW reduction in Malawi,” he said.
According to Mbewe, the country experiences the rate of 30-54 percent of NRW due to water leakages as result of old water distribution pipes and theft of metering inaccuracies among other things.
Currently, LWB is implementing the project dubbed Project for Strengthening the Capacity of Non- Revenue Water Reduction for Lilongwe Water Board (LiSCap).
The project has been designed to enhance capacity for NRW reduction management for the LWB and ultimately reduce non-revenue water as well as improving the efficiency of water use in Lilongwe city.