|Type||Comprehensive Water Project|
Mtiti is a very poor community in the central region of Malawi with a population of 5,130 people. The area is known to have salty water due to poorly constructed boreholes, which have now been abandoned or have fallen into disrepair. The most common source of water for these people are hand dug shallow wells, which are full of deadly bacteria that causes sickness and disease. Those who collect water (primarily women and children) spend about 2 hours for each trip, which occurs in the morning or evening. Water collected at the well is brown, murky, and highly contaminated. Since this is an agricultural community, time taken to fetch water takes away from time spent in the fields to produce and provide food and takes children out of school. The lack of clean water provides challenges in the schools as well. Children are asked to bring a 2-liter bottle of water to school for hygiene and cleaning, which is difficult due to the scarcity of water. This requirement causes children to often be late for school, or not go to school at all. Furthermore, young children are the most susceptible to water borne diseases and constant illnesses cause them to miss much school.
This comprehensive water project will provide treated, safe water to five access points throughout the community, with one of the access points dedicated to the school. It includes a borehole 50 meters deep, six solar panels that will power a submersible pump, a water treatment facility that will include a potable water chlorinator and a 10,000-liter tank. Two miles of piping will connect the fresh, safe clean water to the five access points. Members of the community will also participate in a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) curriculum.