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    Reference: 20130566
    Release date: 26 September 2014

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    Medium-term investment programme to optimise available water resources, bridging the gap in water demand in Malawi's fast-growing capital city. The project's main components consist of upgrading a dam that is Lilongwe's primary water source, extending water-treatment works, reducing leakages and improving network management.


    The objective of the project is to ensure adequate water availability for the population of Lilongwe until 2022 and beyond whilst a new long-term water supply dam is being constructed. Current water supply in Lilongwe is 62 000 m3/day, which is lower than the current demand of 78 000 m3/day and, therefore, water rationing has been imposed since 2012. The supply deficit is expected to worsen further with Lilongwe's population growing at over 4% per year.



    • Water, sewerage - Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 29 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 105 million

    Environmental aspects

    Investment components are largely confined to replacement of existing pipes and extension of water-treatment facilities. Therefore the operation is unlikely to result in any significant negative social or environmental impact. The exception is the proposed raising of the existing Kamuzu Dam I by approximately five metres, which requires a comprehensive environmental impact assessment.


    The Bank will require the promoter to ensure that the implementation of the project is done in accordance with the Bank's Guide to Procurement.


    Signed - 12/06/2015


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    Malawi Water, sewerage