01 Apr 2014 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry says in its quest to ensure water security for Namibia, a number of new water supply pipeline projects have been initiated.
Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa made this announcement in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday while introducing his ministry's budget allocation of N.dollars 2 618 452 000.
He said feasibility studies for a number of projects will commence in the 2014/15 financial year.
These include the Omukandu-Oshituntu water supply scheme in the Kunene Region; the Okankolo-Onkumbula water supply scheme in the Oshikoto Region; the Khorixas Water Supply Scheme; as well as the Eenhana-Oshikunde water supply scheme in the Ohangwena Region; the Otjombinde water supply scheme in the Omaheke Region; and the Daures water supply scheme in the Erongo Region.
A viability study will also be carried out on the Etaka Canal in the Omusati Region.
The feasibility study of these projects, Mutorwa said, will be followed by planning and design reports, after which the construction of the water supply infrastructure will commence.
The construction of the Iitapa-Okeeholongo water supply project, Ruacana south water supply project in the Omusati Region, Oshivelo-King Kauluma to Omutsegwonime water supply project and the Ondangwa-Omuntele water supply and pipeline extension in the Oshikoto Region will commence in the 2014/15 financial year, he added.
Mutorwa also informed Parliament that the ongoing construction of the Katima Mulilo-Ngoma water supply scheme as well as the Katima Mulilo-Kongola water supply scheme in the Zambezi Region will continue in the 2014/15 financial year.
Another ongoing project is the construction of the Neckartal Dam in the //Karas Region. The minister said the project is of national importance and is critical for the upliftment of the livelihood of people in that region in particular, and in Namibia in general.
Regional Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) forums will also be established in four regions, namely Erongo Region, Kavango West and East, as well as in the Zambezi Region, Mutorwa indicated.
He said the objective of establishing the regional WATSAN forums is to coordinate and facilitate stakeholder participation in planning, implementation and reporting for water and sanitation projects in all regions.
Thus for this purpose, the minister said, an amount of N.dollars 1 127 192 000 is required.