For the past 15 Years people surrounding Balaka community have been drinking water contaminated with silts.
The development was culminated from the blockage of main pipe which supplies water from the major Mpila dam.
Investigations further established that, as if consuming contaminated water was no enough curse, the local masses in the district were even sharing the available dirty water with livestock.
In the area of Senior Group Village Headman Chiyendausiku, women were even traveling long distances to access even the dirty water because the few boreholes which were sunk in the area are not functioning.
Senior Group Village headman Chiyendausiku located in the Traditional Authority Nsamala is not alone since others are also experiencing the same water problems.
According to Beston Chinungu who is Water Monitoring Assistant in the ministry of Agriculture , irrigation and water development responsible for Balaka, there is even fears that the 15 year long water problem in the area has resulted in a lot of deaths.
But according to Chinungu, water woes in Balaka are at the verge of ending with the coming of Local Government Accountability and Performance Project (LGAP).
Chinungu said the community is now working with LGAP Project which aims at building capacity for Local Governments to transparently deliver in their mandate.
“This project is empowering the community. What it means is that from now we will have an opportunity to dictate our needs than being told what the community don’t even want and after the powerful dictates , USAID will be coming in quickly to assist so all community eyes is now at LGAP,” said Chinungu.
LGAB is USAID five year project which started after noting that 66.7% of population in Malawi is multi dimensional poor according to 2014 UNDP Report.
Chinungu disclosed that and the water woes are the community’s priority.