Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Godfrey Itaye has hailed Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for its effort in supporting LWB in reducing non-revenue water-losses.
Itaye made the remarks on Tuesday during the third LWB, JICA Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) meeting held in Lilongwe under the ‘Project for Strengthening the Capacity of Non-Revenue Water Reduction for Lilongwe Water Board’.
Itaye said that the board appreciates the expertise which Japan through JICA provides to support LWB in dealing with issues of non-revenue water.
“Japan is one of the advanced countries and in terms of managing non-revenue water they are way ahead, so their expertise is quite important to LWB and we appreciate their commitment in supporting us in dealing with issues of non-revenue water,” Itaye said.
He added that, currently LWB is losing 40 percent of its purified water due to among others illegal water connections, high pipe leakage rate because of high percentage of old distribution pipes and inaccurate water meters.
He further said that, LWB with assistance from JICA is striving to reduce losses that happen because of non-revenue water.
“Last year we lost about K22 billion due to non-revenue water, for this reason with support from JICA we are devoted to deal with issues of non-revenue water in order to reduce commercial losses,” he said.
JICA's senior representative in the country, Naoto Sakonju said that JICA has amplified its support to LWB in order to work successfully in its activities in the presence of COVID-19 pandemic.
“In this COVID-19 situation, we hope LWB could objectively analyse the situation and find a lasting solution to keep moving forward.
“To fight the COVID-19 pandemic, JICA has decided to make additional support to LWB through procurement of equipment such as Re-chlorination machines, PA systems and other machines aimed at rehabilitating old water distribution networks,” Sakonju said.
He advised LWB to keep on working together with water utilities from other countries including; Rwanda and Kenya in order to share experiences and learn from each other both for COVID-19 countermeasures and non-revenue water reduction.