Gobabis Municipality clears town's water as fit for humans

18 Jan 2015 14:10pm
GOBABIS, 18 JAN (NAMPA) - The Municipality of Gobabis has come out in defense of the town's potable water as being safe for human consumption and poses no danger to humans.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Gobabis Municipality, Frederich Ueitele, said on Thursday that the tap water at Gobabis poses no health risks and constitute no danger to the town's residents.
The town's tap water, which was at times brownish in colour and often emitted a bad odour since October 2014, has cast a cloud of doubt on the safety of those consuming it.
Residents at this eastern town feared that the water may carry diseases, as they allege that the water may not have been treated fully to make it fit for human consumption.
Ueitele told Nampa on Friday that no harm will come to the residents from the consumption of the town's water.
'I can assure the residents that the town's water is safe and holds no danger to humans. It can be consumed as usual and nothing bad will come of it,' he said.
He said the Gobabis Municipality does not have a treatment plant for water, as they rely on Namwater for the provision of such services.
Namwater technicians, Ueitele said, attributed the brownish colour and odour of the town's water to high levels of iron and manganese in the water.
He however noted that he was given the assurance by the national water utility that the water is safe for household consumption in spite of this.
'This is a normal thing which occurs from time to time and has nothing to do with incompetency or the lack of treatment of the water,' said Ueitele.
The Gobabis town receives its water from the Tilda Viljoen dam that is located at the town's western entrance. Water from the dam is pumped into reservoirs where it is stored for the town's use.
Bore-holes, owned by Namwater at the town, can also be used in extreme cases to pump water into the reservoirs.
Although the water condition is slowly returning to normal, the possibility of flushing out the water from the reservoirs exist to make way for fresh water.
'We are monitoring the situation and could pump out the water from the reservoirs to make way for fresh water if the situation persist,' he noted.