Mtiti, a poor community in Malawi, is known to have salty water due to poorly constructed bore holes, which are now abandoned and have fallen into disrepair. The most common source of water used now is extremely contaminated water from hand dug wells, and it takes two hours to walk to the wells, typically by women and children.
Children are asked to bring a 2-liter bottle of water to school, but that is difficult due to the scarcity of water. This requirement causes children to often be late to school or not to go to school at all. Also, time taken to walk to the wells takes away from time spent in the fields to produce food.