Von Bach-Windhoek water pipeline repairs this weekend

05 Jul 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 05 JUL (NAMPA) ? The Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) will continue its repairs on the Von Bach Dam-Windhoek water pipeline this weekend, resulting in water interruptions in the capital over the next few days.
NamWater is set to build three new pump stations and connect over 300 water equipment installations, including the replacement of water valves, at a cost of N.dollars 5 million, NamWater?s Strategic Communications and Corporate Services? Manager Johannes Shigwedha said in a media statement on Friday.
?The work will see the water supply increase from 2 700 cubic metres to 5 700 cubic metres to meet the increasing water demand of the City of Windhoek,? he noted, adding that the Von Bach Dam-Windhoek pipeline is 40-years-old.
Shighwedha said this is only the second of six stages of work required before the entire project is completed.
Water supply shutdowns are scheduled to take place from Friday until Sunday, and 100 NamWater employees will be working on the pipeline in 24-hour-cycles to ensure that the normal water supply resumes on Sunday at 16h00.
Meanwhile, the City of Windhoek said in a public notice issued on Friday that although the water supply from the Von Bach treatment plant to Windhoek will be interrupted, the City will endeavour to fill its reservoirs to ensure that enough water is available to supply its customers.
Residents are, therefore, requested to refrain from all activities that use excessive water.
?The watering of gardens, cars (private owners), and hosing of paved areas and topping-up swimming pools will be banned during the specific weekends to prevent the City?s reservoirs from being emptied,? they cautioned.
Residents in the Brakwater area must also ensure that they have enough water in storage for the whole weekend because they are not connected to the City?s reservoirs.
The City promised that the bacteriological quality of the water will not be compromised, and that it will be safe for human consumption.