Boreholes in Malawi

Standard: GS      Technology: Boreholes      Location: Malawi

The Malawi Borehole Rehabilitation programme provides much needed safe drinking water to communities in Malawi’s Dowa and Kasungu districts by repairing damaged boreholes and drilling new holes. Through the project, the boreholes are maintained and the quality of the water is checked on a regular basis. Previously, local people typically used wood fuel on inefficient three-stone fires to purify water for drinking. By gaining accessing to safe water, families can reduce their household consumption of firewood, thereby lowering the risk of contracting respiratory diseases linked to inhaling smoky fumes. The project will have saved 70,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2019.

Delivering against the Global Goals

Families save money by collecting less firewood to boil water, enabling them to direct more money to their children’s health and education.

There is reduced exposure to waterborne diseases like typhoid and cholera, as well as reduced indoor air pollution from boiling water over open fires.

Rural communities gain access to clean, safe water.

Local people gain access to training and education, as well as job opportunities maintaining and monitoring boreholes.

With households using less firewood, 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emission are saved annually.

People have less need of wood from local forests, helping slow deforestation.