Salty Water Contributes to Broken Boreholes in Chikwawa
High salt concentration level of water has been cited as one of the major factors contributing to increased number of broken boreholes in Chikwawa.
Team leader for the Pacific borehole rehabilitation project, James Msusa has disclosed this to Zodiak yesterday on the sidelines of a borehole repairing works the grouping is undertaking in Chikwawa west constituency.
Msusa said such is the case as the high salt concentration in waters results to the boreholes spare parts developing some corrosions which end up reducing the life span for the boreholes.
“For instance in Chikwawa west we have found that over 60 boreholes were damaged with some staying over five years without being repaired. Most of these boreholes had damaged rods among other spare parts due to the high water salinity levels”, said Msusa.
Group Village Headman Seulani of the area held the Pacific group for the initiative saying it will go a long way in ending water problems in the area where most of the boreholes had developed some fault.
Parliamentarian for the area,Suzani Dosi said the recent cyclone Freddy induced floods also worsened the access to clean and potable water challenges in area with most boreholes being washed away.
The Pacific Group of companies has been carrying out a borehole maintenance works since 2015 and to date it has repaired about 6000 boreholes for free as part of its corporate social responsibility.