NamWater to improve northern water supply

09 Jul 2016 10:50am
OSHAKATI, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - NamWater wants to replace old pipes that are restricting the supply of water to villagers, the water corporation’s area manager in northern Namibia, Thomas Shiikwa ha said.
Shiikwa said this during NamWater's media engagement session here on Thursday.
He was responding to media queries on the requests of villagers in and around Oshivanda shaNghatanga in the Omusati Region’s Etayi Constituency for the water supply to be improved as it has been inadequate since May this year.
Shiikwa said the pipes are old and unable to handle the water pressure, hence the need for them to be replaced with bigger pipes once funds become available.
He said the decrease in water supply is also a result of an increase in the number of off-take pipes to individual homesteads catered for by the main pipeline in the Oshivanda shaNghatanga area.
Another contributing factor is the poor rains received in the area over the last season.
Speaking to Nampa at the village recently, the traditional head of the Oshivanda shaNghatanga district, Simon Hamunyela said villagers need more water, especially for their livestock, as the few earth dams in the area have dried up.
Hamunyela said the low water pressure might improve if the communities are provided with new tanks for water storage as the old tanks are damaged due to exposure to the sun and wind.
He wants two tanks installed at Ediva loMatemba community centre and three at the village’s main centre called Omaanyu.
Shiikwa however said the use of tanks is obsolete as many of the villagers have taps in their homesteads. People have also lost interest in volunteering to serve on the committees that administered the water points.
NamWater’s Corporate Communications Manager Johannes Shigwedha also told reporters during the event that the company is busy conducting investigations to determine the best way to improve water supply to the communities or customers in its business unit called Water Supply North. It covers the Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.
“Our mandate is to supply water to Namibia and to ensure that people have water regardless of whatever challenges we may face,” Shigwedha said.