German Ambassador hands over Outapi sanitation facility

29 Nov 2015 11:20am
OUTAPI, 28 NOV (NAMPA) – The German Embassy in Namibia on Thursday handed over the Oswin O. Namakalu Sanitation and Refuse Facility to the Outapi Town Council.
Speaking at the ceremony, German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga said “with ownership comes responsibility”.
“You are now the owners of a very modern water sanitation facility which will serve as a role model for the larger part of the community. So far, only a small part (of the community) will profit from it but it can be extended if it serves well; we’ll see to that,” he said.
On receiving the legal documentation for the N.dollars 20 million sanitation facility, Mayor of Outapi, Matheus Ndeshitila said the council is pleased to be owners of the facility.
“We are going to take care of it and all the responsibilities. My partners will be assisting us and my people here already have been trained; they know all the equipment and how to run the systems here,” he said.
The wastewater treatment plant is expected to improve sanitary conditions in the informal settlements of Onhimbu, Okaigongwe and Tobias Hainyeko of the town.
It was constructed by research project CuveWaters to develop and implement measures to support the national process towards integrated water resources management (IWRM). The aim is to give people in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin reliable access to clean water over the long term, thus enhancing their livelihood and health, and to create job opportunities.
CuveWaters is a German-Namibian research project led by the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) in cooperation with the Technische Universität Darmstadt and Bilfinger Water Technologies GmbH in Germany. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework programme 'Research for Sustainable Development (FONA)'.
Water from the sanitation plant is used for agriculture, washing and for consumption purposes.
The Onhimbu, Okaigongwe and Tobias Hainyeko informal settlements, as well as 55 Shack Dwellers Federation houses share communal washhouse facilities with toilets, showers, basins and sinks for laundry and dish washing.
The facility was named after the late chief executive officer of the Outapi Town Council, Oswin O. Namakalu, and has been in operation since 2012 by the CuveWater research project in cooperation with the Outapi Town Council. It employs 15 people.