Of the 70% of Lilongwe City Population live in Low Income Areas (LIAs). According to the 2008 Population Census, the population of the City stood at 669,021, however, it is estimated that the City’s population now stands at more than One million people. It is estimated that almost half of the entire Lilongwe City population has direct access to piped drinking water. The rest, have to find means to have clean water. Most of these people are those that live in the high density areas like Kauma, Mtandire and Senti just to mention a few.

In a bid to provide access to clean and affordable drinking water to these low-income earners and in communities which do not have the capacity to meet basic domestic needs at household level, Lilongwe Water Board introduced Water Kiosks. The first Kiosks were built in 1947, the same year the Board started its operations.

Water Kiosks are booths used for selling tap water to those who cannot afford individual water connection. Water Kiosks typically have a number of taps outside the booth, and faucets inside, operated by a kiosk attendant.

As of January 2017, Lilongwe City has a total of 1,302 Water Kiosks in the following areas: Areas 7, 8, 21, 23, 24, 25, 38, 44, 46, 56, 45, 49 and 50, Kauma, Mchezi, Chatata, Magwero , Chigwirizano, Njewa, mbavi, Lumbadzi, Chipasula, Chiuzila, Mgona, Muzu and Sinoya.

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