Two community water kiosks (4 taps each) and 50 household latrines
The Bangwe Water and Sanitation Project Phase 2 is a continuation of Water For People’s program work to develop sustainable solutions in unplanned peri-urban areas where populations are growing and basic services are unavailable. This project is similar to the Machinjiri/Nkolokoti Community Water and Sanitation project previously financed by Blue Planet Run. Building on the previous success, the objective of this project is to provide improved water supply and access to sanitation to low-income communities in Bangwe Township where poverty is prevalent in unplanned settlements. Many household in these low-income areas buy water from Kiosks supplied by the Blantyre Board, from households that have domestic connections, or communal tapstands owned by individuals who charge exorbitant fees and fail to maintain water safety standards.
LocationBlantyre, Southern, Malawi
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Households
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 2,000
According to Malawi government regulations, each tap should serve at least 125 people (125 per tap x 4 taps x 2 kiosks) = 2000 beneficiaries
School Children Getting Water:
People Getting Sanitation: 300
According to Malawi government regulations, each household should have a latrine. This project will serve 50 housholds with approximately 6 people per family.
People Getting Other Benefits: 2,300
Water For People's program work always includes a health and hygiene education component. This project will focus on hand-washing and safe water storage.
Start Date: 2008-04-15
Completion Date: 2008-11-30
This project will construct 2 kiosks with 4 tap stands each that are connected to a piped network. The water is provided by the Blantyre Water Board.
The project will also provide improved ventilated pit latrines that are hygienically maintained.
Construction of the systems constitutes the first phase of the work; maintaining the systems and health and hygiene education are the critical next phases.
The kiosks will be managed by Water User Associations that are independent of political influence. The association is headed by an administrator and has kiosk inspectors and water attendants who will collect tariffs and maintain accounts. The tariffs are well regulated and have been agreed to by the Blantyre Water Board and City Assembly. Plus, the communities in Bangwe have opted for this management system.
Water For People will focus on building capacity of Water User Associations with a strong emphasis on project and finance management, maintenance, reporting and recruitment of Kiosk attendants. Water For People will also provide guidance to community on kiosk management options that are available.
On the sanitation side, Water For People will work with the private sector to illustrate clear business opportunities in sanitation (such as desludging and regular cleaning of household latrines).
Another important component of Water For People’s programs includes health and hygiene education and training of community health promoters. This project will focus on hand-washing and safe water storage.
Well over half of peri-urban Blantyre lives without direct access to the municipal water system. Most people get their water from communal standpipes owned by individuals who typically charge exorbitant fees and fail to maintain water safety standards. These owners may also fail to make payment to the Blantyre Water Board, resulting in shut-off taps and greater pressure on those still in service. Peri-urban sanitation consists of traditional pit latrines, often shared by as many as 30 people. Diarrheal disease is rampant under these conditions. And since full pits are abandoned for newly dug pits, space for a sanitation infrastructure is quickly disappearing.
Maintenance Cost: $808
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Please see attached budget.
Co Funding Amount: $2,500
The Blantyre Water Board will contribute $2,500 to the project.
Community Contribution Amount: $2,500
The community will contribute $2,500 towards the capital costs to the project.
Fund Requested: $30,875
Implementing Organization: Blantyre City Assembly - Health Department
Water For People - Malawi will partner with the Blantyre City Assembly, a government entity, to implement the project, although the work will be contracted out to a private contractor with supervision from Engineers from the City Assembly. The Blantyre Water Board will provide treated, piped supply of water. The Assembly will also facilitate the construction of latrines. Again, the work will be contracted out to small scale building contractors.