Rural water supply in Malawi: construction of rural water supply system and repair of boreholes


Work title                             :    Project for selected market centers and rural water supply in Mchinji and Kasungu Districts

Location                               :    Mchinji and Kasungu Districts of the Republic of Malawi

Duration                               :    Detailed design and tender: September, 2012 to October, 2013

Construction work: October, 2013 to August, 2015

Implementing bodies           :    Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MOAIWD)

Malawi Central Region Water Board (CRWB)

Funding                                :    Grant Aid Cooperation of Japan


The project consisted of two sub-projects and was supported by Japanese Grant Aid, implemented to contribute to improving access to clean water as called for by the National Development Strategy (2006). Under the project, two rural water supply systems were constructed in Mkanda in Mchiji Disrict and Santhe in Kasunga District.


  • Planned population for water supply: 7,000 + 7,500; total of 14,500 (estimate for 2020)
  • Facilities: Distribution basins (1 elevated and 1 on the ground); pumping facilities (7 boreholes); pipelines (approximately 30 km); communal taps (14); administration buildings (2); office buildings (2); repair of boreholes in rural areas of the Mchinji District (including the construction of alternative and/or additional boreholes)
  • Targets: 300 boreholes constructed with Japanese cooperation in the 1990s and relevant villages
  • Population with access to boreholes: Increase from 52,250 (2010) to 83,500 (2020)
  • Borehole repair by means of pump renewal, etc. (280 sites), construction of an alternative borehole (15 sites), construction of an additional borehole (39 sites), support for educational activities regarding borehole maintenance targeting local borehole users