Northern regions without water and power

21 Dec 2016 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 21 DEC (NAMPA) – Some parts in the Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions that have been experiencing power and water shortages since Saturday due to heavy lightning in the areas, can look forward to service resumption on Thursday.
The Okongo 66 kiloVolt line’s pole structure was damaged by heavy weather on Saturday, while the transformer at the Okatope Substation was damaged beyond repair, also after being struck by lightning on Sunday.
A letter from the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) and addressed to Omuthiya Town Council Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Mbango on Tuesday said the power outage led to extremely low water pressure, which causes an insufficient water supply to the different areas.
The letter seen by this agency said all NamWater storage elements in the affected areas have run dry and will not be filled up until the damages are repaired.
In a Wednesday media statement, NamPower Corporate Communications and Marketing Manager, Tangeni Kambangula said a new substation for Okatope was Tuesday transported from Windhoek to be installed on Thursday.
The damaged structure on the Okongo line has since been replaced.
NamPower’s Okatope Substation is situated some 40 kilometres from Ondangwa towards Oshivelo.