Malawi: BWB Dispels ‘Contaminated Water’ Rumours

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Article courtesy of Temweni Nga’mbi | January 27, 2015 | All Africa | Shared as educational material

Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has dismissed rumours making the rounds in Blantyre peri-urban areas that the currently supplied piped water is contaminated and not suitable for consumption.

Normal water supply resumed in Blantyre city over the weekend after a fortnight of ‘dry taps’. However, rumours are creating fear among the city residents that the supplied piped water is hazardous to health as it is contaminated.

Some of the residents who spoke to Malawi24 claimed to have been told not consume the water for at least a week.

“We are told the water is not fit for consumption as it is contaminated with dangerous substances. We don’t know if the rumour is true or not; we are all in fear now,” said Alfred Balakasi of Chirimba township.

According to the rumours, people people should only consume the ‘contaminated water’ if its boiled or treated.

But BWB publicist, Prescila Mateyu dismissed the rumours, saying the supplied water is properly treated and is suitable for consumption.

“Those are just rumours. BWB wouldn’t take risks supplying people water that is not fit for consumption. People shouldn’t be beleive in such rumours,” said Mateyu.

Mateyu said BWB follows are recommended procedures in treating its water to ensure it is suitable for consumption, and that the rumours of possible contamination are unfounded.

Blantyre has been experiencing water supply problems due to siltation at BWB’s pumping station at Walkers Ferry due to floods.

Normal water supply resumed over the weekend although some parts of the city are still having supply challenges.


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