Thames Water’s CEO Steve Robertson has signed a new agreement which sets out the company’s future commitment to the Thames Loves Malawi appeal.
Called the Framework of Cooperation (FoC), the agreement is with the Central Region Water Board of Malawi (CRWB) and will see Britain’s biggest water company and its Malawi counterpart commit to sharing resources, knowledge and expertise.
The main aim of the agreement is to ensure the improvements made as part of the Thames Loves Malawi campaign are sustainable and continue to help the towns of Kasungu and Mponele for years to come.
Mr Robertson said: “I’m delighted to sign this new Framework of Co-operation. It is part of our continuing commitment to work in partnership to help improve the water supply in Malawi, now and for future generations.
“Both through exchanging expertise and the work of many dedicated fundraisers within Thames, who I know will continue to work hard to achieve our aim of raising £2 million, we are determined to make a real difference for the people in Malawi.”
As part of the deal, a team of 10 experts from Thames Water will fly to Malawi on September 2 to offer advice to help to improve the country’s infrastructure.
They will share expertise on water treatment, network management and mapping and wastewater treatment.
Paresh Kavia, deputy chairman of the WaterAid steering committee, said: “This trip marks the start of something very exciting, it will be a challenging but an equally rewarding experience.
“The Thames Loves Malawi campaign will ensure the £2 million over four years that we raise through the fantastic fundraising efforts is invested in essential and life-saving plant and equipment, to serve the basic but essential needs of the people of Kasungu and Mponela, Malawi.
“However, the capacity development interventions and ongoing peer-to-peer support will aim to ensure the investment and the resources and processes for their plant and equipment are much more sustainable and go towards really making a difference to the people of Malawi.”
The agreement will be registered with the Global Water Operators Partnership Alliance (GWOPA).
In addition to the first visit, Mr Kavia will also carry out a high-level needs assessment, to explore the feasibility of future wastewater treatment facilities, as they do not currently exist in Malawi.