After staff at Chisala Secondary School reported water supply issues due to the higher number of students, DATUM provided a new, clean water system for the school

Project Cost: £5000

Over the last few years DATUM has constructed a new secondary school in the village of Chisala in northern Malawi. As part of the initial development DATUM installed a bore hole and water supply system for the school. The school has proved to be a great success and now boasts over 450 pupils.

However, as a consequence, the teachers have reported problems of low pressure on the existing water supply. So, DATUM approved the installation of a second source of clean drinking water. The budget for the project was £7,000. The Education Department Northern Region paid £2,000 for the new bore hole. DATUM made a grant of £5,000 for the remaining works.

The system consists of the following elements:

  • The digging of the bore hole and the installation of an electric pump to lift the water
  • The construction of foundations and steel water tower to carry a 2,000 litre header tank
  • New pipe work links into existing supply system to provide potable water to taps in all buildings.

We are pleased to announce that the new supply became operational in March 2022. Indeed, our local representative has now inspected the works and confirmed that all elements are installed and operational – ensuring that all pupils and staff at the school are now assured access to clean water.

DATUM Trustees, pupils and staff of Chisala Secondary School thank everyone for their help and support on this important project.


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