Kunene villages to receive potable water from Ruacana

13 Feb 2014 17:30pm
OPUWO, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – Inhabitants of a number of villages in the Kunene Region have welcomed plans for the installation of a pipeline that will supply water from Ruacana to their villages.
Villagers living in Okapuindja, Omireko, Okatumba, Otjerunda and Alpha were consulted from Monday to Thursday on plans for a possible water supply from Ruacana in the Omusati Region.
Nampa on Thursday spoke to the headman of Okapuindja village, Rihitua Matundu who said he is excited about the planned project.
“We hope the implementation of this project will be sped up because people in this village are suffering from thirst due to limited underground water at our waterpoint,” he said.
Matundu said he was happy to hear that every household will have its own pipeline, and will then only be required to pay the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) for what they have consumed.
Villagers at Okapuindja currently have to pay for diesel and engine oil for the pump there which has to run non-stop because of the limited amount of underground water.
According to Matundu, the pump takes three days to fill up a reservoir which is emptied in the space of just two days.
The Okapuindja community pay N.dollar 1 per head of small livestock and N.dollars 2 per head of big livestock like cattle and horses. An adult person is required to pay N.dollars 10 per month for water.
Villagers at Okovasiona said they were also pleased to hear about the development.
They currently only have a hand pump, and during the rainy season some community members drink water from earth dams which is not fit for human consumption as livestock drink from the same source.
The project is expected to be completed by 2016.
Water metres will be installed at each village, while boreholes will be rehabilitated for livestock and irrigation purposes.
The boreholes will either be connected to electrical or solar-powered pumps – a decision which will be left up to every community.
The consulting company which conducted consultations in the area this week is Lund Consultant Engineering. The company is expected to hand in their report to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry by the end of February.
Approached for comment, the Deputy Director in the Directorate of Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Coordination, Victor Slinger confirmed the project, saying it is called the 'Ruacana South Water Supply Project'.
Slinger said similar projects have already been initiated in the Oshikoto, Oshana and Zambezi Regions, where pipelines are installed for communities from NamWater’s main lines.