Sewage treatment pond a health risk at Opuwo

14 Oct 2016 08:00am
OPUWO, 14 OCT (NAMPA) – Opuwo residents are complaining about the nearness of the wastewater treatment pond to the residential area, saying it is a health risk and must be fenced in.
The pond is situated east of the town behind the Ouranda informal settlement and fills the regional capital with a bad odour occasionally.
Residents of Ouranda told this agency the open pond is a danger for their children who play near it sometimes.
Some farmers have lost livestock which fell into the pond.
“All we ask the town council to do is to at least put a fence so it is not accessible to humans, especially children, and livestock,” a resident said.
Opuwo Town Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alfons Tjitombo told Nampa on Monday that a study was done and a report compiled a few years ago, and it was agreed that the pond should be relocated.
According to the report, the pond does not comply with the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry and is “overloaded”.
“The pond is overgrown with reeds, is full of sediment and one of the existing inlets is blocked,” it reads.
The report also states that no further development in Opuwo is possible and the pond poses a health hazard.
Council will sit in November to discuss various resolutions already taken, including moving the pond.
Tjitombo told Nampa that the pond will be relocated three kilometres north of Opuwo adjacent to the C43 road to Epupa.
It will cost N.dollars 23 042 970 to relocate.
Opuwo Mayor Albert Tjiuma said he had submitted a proposal regarding the relocation of the wastewater treatment pond to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa and is awaiting response.