Improved living conditions through
Districts Dowa and Kasungu, MALAWI*
Southeast African Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world. There is a great shortage everywhere, including the simplest infrastructure for the general public. Around half of the people living in the Dowa and Kasungu areas have no access to safe drinking water, making them one of the poorest in the country.
Water shortage is therefore not a foreign word. Due to technical problems, about a third of the existing well systems in the landlocked country cannot be used by the people living there.
By repairing damaged fountains, the Malawi Borehole project helps to sustainably improve the living conditions of the local people.
This gives people access to clean water again and does not have to make polluted and actually non-drinkable water enjoyable by consuming boiling. This saves people the expensive use of large amounts of firewood and thus helps to avoid climate-damaging CO2 emissions.
Decline in rainfall due to increasing deforestation
In the face of increasing droughts and water shortages, Malawi wants to secure the water supply for its cities and build new pipelines and dams.
However, this can be at the expense of the rural population. [...] Oscar Kachika-Phiri, a spokesman for the protest group, says that Blantyre's decision to source drinking water from the region "will deprive the local community of a vital resource that is already becoming scarce due to climate change."
Deforestation in the water catchment area of the Mulanje Mountains has led to a decrease in rainfall and the area's ability to store water for an extended period of time, he explains. In his district, water supplies had to be rationed in the dry periods. […] Blantyre is not the only large Malawian city that is looking for new water resources. As droughts intensify in southern Africa, Malawi's capital Lilongwe is planning a project to drain water from Lake Malawi. […] Ironically, increasing rainfall - another consequence of climate change - is contributing to the city's water shortage problems. They regularly lead to floods, which wash out the water systems. The changing floods and dry periods in the rivers that supply the city with water make planning security even more uncertain, according to Magoya […] Source: https://kaltesonne.de/das-passiert-wenn-man-alle-baume-umhackt-wasserknappheit-in-malawi/