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Externally-funded Projects - NWDP II

The National Water Development Programme is an on-going national water development and management initiative that started with the National Water Development Project I in the late 1990s, up to 2004, and now a follow up National Water Development Project II (NWDP II) that runs from 2007 to 2013. The main NWDP II development objective is to increase access to sustainable water supply and sanitation services for people living in cities, towns, market centres, and villages and improved water resources management at national level.

The NWDP has five main areas of focus; (1) urban water supply and sanitation (Blantyre and Lilongwe), (2) town, market centre and rural piped water supply and sanitation (three regional water boards), (3) water resources management, (4) sector management and urban water sector reforms, and (5) rural water supply and sanitation. The NWDP II is managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development through a Programme Management Unit (PMU), and is financed by the Government of Malawi with donor assistance from World Bank, European Union, African Development Bank, African Catalytic Growth Fund, and Netherlands.

CRWB as one of the implementing and beneficiary entities under the town, market centre and rural piped water supply and sanitation in the NWDP II has being implementing water supply scheme rehabilitation and expansion projects in Kasungu, Mponela, Kochilira-Kamwendo, Salima Lakeshore, Linthipe and Mitundu.


An investment of US$2,018,661.39 has been made for Kasungu water supply and the total production capacity has been increased to 5,700m3/day and Kasungu water supply scheme is capable of supplying 24 hrs. The scope of the installation of pipelines, rehabilitation and expansion of water treatment plant, installation of new gen-set, expansion of pumping stations construction of staff houses, operations and office buildings.


Under this project Kochilira water supply scheme was rehabilitated and expanded to Kamwendo Market Centre. The design capacity of the scheme is 2019m3/day with storage of 500m3. The project comprised of installation of over 500m3 steel plated tank, 25.5 km of pipeline construction of operations buildings, development of ground water sources and water treatment facility with a total investment of US$ 1,693,000.00.

Mponela Water Supply Project

Investment of US$3,151,355.70 has been made towards installation of development of ground water sources, water storage tanks, pipelines water treatment facilities and operations buildings. The scheme was commissioned on July 2013

Linthipe and Mitundu Water Supply

Water supply systems have also been installed at Mitundu and Linthipe and were commissioned in December 2012. This was done with financial resources from ACGF.

Integration of Salima Lakeshore Water Supply Schemes Project

The project is aimed at integrating the water supply schemes at MAFCO, Parachute Battalion and Senga Bay into one big scheme targeting a population of 34,341 and 38,469 in 2015 and 2021 respective. The design capacity for the scheme is 10,621m3/day and it is capable of supplying all the population at Senga Bay and beyond. For an investment of over MK 2.6 Billion, the Board has installed a lake intake, water treatment plant operations buildings, standby gen-set, concrete storage tank with total capacity of 4,250 m3 and over 38 km of pipeline

Selected Market Centres Water Supply Project

With financial and technical assistance from JICA, the Board is implementing water supply project at Nkanda and Santhe in Mchinji and Kasungu Districts respectively. The project is a sub-component of the Project for Selected Market Centres and Rural Water Supply in Mchinji and Kasungu District. The scope of the works is installation of water intake facilities, pipelines, and water treatment facilities and operations buildings. The two new schemes are scheduled to be commissioned by 30th June 2015. The project will provide access to potable water to over 5,056 in Mkanda and 6,362 in Santhe by 2020 and 2018 respectively.