By Solister Mogha MANA
Thieves on Friday vandalised main transmission pipes for the Southern Region Water Board (SRWB) rendering dry taps in Zomba City.
Speaking after touring the vandalised pipes and the affected site, Director of Operations for SRWB, Engineer Tisungane Kapalamula said the Board received reports that mud was fast sliding to the treatment plant around 9pm on Thursday.
Kapalamula said investigations established that the main transmission pipes were vandalised.
He said the the team immediately rushed to shut down the pipe at the intake at Mulunguzi Dam.
“We discovered that thieves were removing anchor straps and due to water pressure, some pipes loosened up and water started gushing out causing a huge damage to some pillars where the pipes are lying,” he said.
Kapalamula said it would take four days for the board to rectify the problem and for residences to have water running again.
“For the time being, we will be supplying water using the water bowsers and we are calling for patience from our clients as the problem is huge and needs serious maintenance,” he said.