Linyanti water crises worse

22 Sep 2016 09:20am
KATIMA MULILO, 22 SEP (NAMPA) – The water crises communities living in the Linyanti Constituency are grappling with has not yet changed.
Earlier this month, Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu declared a water crisis in the region, saying there is critical need for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to have the boreholes rehabilitated or dug deeper for people and animals to access water to drink and use.
Linyanti Constituency Councillor, Cletius Sipapela said nothing has been done so far.
He told Nampa on Wednesday communities no longer have sufficient water to sustain themselves and their livestock, as the Linyanti River as a water source has dried up.
Sipapela said no new boreholes have been dug, as the agricultural ministry does not have drinking troughs and water tanks in stock.
“The ministry does not have any troughs and tanks at the moment. In the absence of this, the situation at the constituency is worsening by the day, especially for the livestock. It is a crisis that needs action immediately,” he said.
The councillor added that the pipeline from Katima Mulilo to Manunga in Linyanti is also not providing enough clean water.
Water in this pipeline only flows after 22h00, but the pressure is so poor that not everyone will be able to collect water.
“During the day, the pipeline is closed and taps are dry. Something needs to be done fast. Domestic animals need water during the day as at night, they are closed off in the kraals,” said Sipapela.
When asked if any livestock have died of thirst, he said no farmer has yet come forward to report dying livestock but many are complaining that livestock are thin and weary.
Currently, these livestock drink hazardous water from ponds that are also fast drying up. The dark and smelly water in these ponds are shared between domestic animals and wild animals, which stray into Namibia from neighbouring Botswana.
In an earlier interview with Nampa, Sampofu said streams and tributaries fed by the Linyanti and Kwando rivers have dried up as a result of poor rainfall in the region for the past four years.
Inland communities have for the past two years been surviving on water drawn from boreholes.
He said between 2014 and 2015, a total of 25 boreholes were drilled in the region, but they are not operational because they were not installed with pumps.
Some operating boreholes have salty water.