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Malawi Hydrology Meets Urbana

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City of Urbana
Urbana Free Library
Oct 10, 2018   6:30 - 8:30 pm  
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Illinois State Water Survey events

Urbana, Illinois, and Zomba, Malawi, are Sister Cities. In this talk, Dr. Zuze Dulanya and Dr. Evance Mwathunga from the University of Malawi will talk about their collaboration with the organization Geoscientists Without Borders and how Illinois State Geological Survey senior geophysicist Tim Larson has assisted with the drilling of vitally important new water wells in Malawi. 

Kimu, Kuchilimba, Jimu, and Likapa are four, fairly typical villages in rural Zomba District, Malawi:

  • Kimu, nestled at the base of the igneous Mypupyu Hill, has one borehole that supplies a good quantity of high-quality water. However, an adjacent trading center is experiencing rapid population growth and the queues for water at the Kimu borehole have grown accordingly. A new water source is desperately needed in the eastern part of the village, near the trading center.
  • Kuchilimba and Jimu are situated at the north and south ends of the metamorphic Chanda Hill. Kuchilimba’s borehole is close to the hill. It can only sustain filling about 3 buckets of water at a time before it must be allowed to recover.
  • Jimu, like Kimu, has a good borehole, but population increases have resulted in crowded conditions at the borehole.
  • Likapa is a fishing village along the shore of the shallow, brackish-water Lake Chilwa. Most of the boreholes in the village have salty water, some too salty to drink.
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