Achievements of the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Development: 2004 - 2009
  • Revised water and sanitation policies and plans in order to align them to the aspirations of the overall Government policy as envisaged in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (2006-2011). These include:
    • Improved overall provision of water supply and sanitation services; 3 percent increase in coverage to improved water supply (from 73 percent in 2004 to 76 percent in 2009) and 10 percent improvement in access to basic sanitation (from 78percent in 2004 to 88 percent in 2009)
    • Improved water supply and sanitation services. These included construction of 7,791 water points and rehabilitation 6,286 water points benefiting over 2.5 million people in rural areas; provision of 12,755 new water connections in urban and peri-urban areas; provision of 24,478 new water connections in towns; increased water storage capacity in towns by 4,000m³ benefiting 80,000 people; and resuscitated 7 piped water supply schemes in rural areas presently benefiting a population of 210,000.
    • Expanded and rehabilitated piped water supply facilities in large and fast growing towns in the country: Nkhatabay, Rumphi, Chilumba, Mzuzu, Mzimba, Dwangwa, Nkhotakota, Salima, Ntchisi, Zomba, Liwonde, Balaka, Ngabu, Zomba and Mangochi, benefiting over 3 million people in the country.
    • Provided over 5,500 new basic sanitation facilities to over 50,000 households across the country.
    • Constructed 22 small community earth dams in 20 districts that capture over 370,000 m³ of water during the rainy season.
  • Provided timely and relevant information to the general public on impending flood disasters.
  • Improved network of both surface and groundwater monitoring systems throughout the country.
  • Managed to sustainably regulate the Shire river flows mainly for power generation and irrigation
  • Implemented water point mapping for all districts
  • Rehabilitated surface water monitoring stations including Lake Malawi monitoring stations for sustainable environmental and catchment management purposes.
  • Implemented a pilot integrated water resources livelihood project for Dzimphutsi in Chikhwawa district benefiting 100 farm families.
  • Offered efficient hydrological services to the public and clients on issues of water resources situation, pollution and design for infrastructure development.
  • Successfully negotiated the US$211 million National Programme for Water and Sanitation Development for the period from 2008 to 2013.
  • Developed and launched the Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) for the Water and Sanitation Sector.
  • Increase of smallholder agricultural land under irrigation from 14,000 hectares in 2004 to 30,000 hectares in 2009
  • Contributed to increased agricultural yield of major food crops such as maize, rice, vegetables, and fruits from an average of 1,000 kgs per hectare to 3,500 kgs per hectare.
  • Distributed over 111,000 treadle pumps and 1,300 motorised pumps to smallholder farmers.
  • Constructed over 6,000 hectares and rehabilitated over 19,100 hectares of irrigated land for the promotion of irrigation farming.
  • Rehabilitated 47 small community earth dams currently being utilized for irrigation purposes by small holder farmers.
  • Prepared and finalized two subsidiary bills, the Water Supply and Sanitation bill and the Water Board Corporatization Bill, which when enacted will support the proposed establishment of the Malawi Water and Energy Regulatory Authority (MWERA) once the Amended Energy Act is passed, and this will lead to water issues incorporated into MERA.
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