Etati residents in need of water

16 Oct 2013 14:10pm
OPUWO, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – Residents of the Etati village bordering Opuwo town on the eastern side are faced with serious water shortages.
Some community members from this area visited the Opuwo Town Council’s offices on Monday to try and negotiate the provision of water to their houses, but could not be assisted as they do not fall within the boundaries of the town.
Etati village lies on the borderline that separates the town’s boundaries from communal land.
These residents were under the impression that they were part and parcel of Opuwo, and wanted to demand water services from the town council.
The visit to the town council was prompted by changes in the fees charged for obtaining water from the people who had been assisting them with water all these years.
They were notified on Sunday that water would now go for N.dollars 2.5 per 25-litre containers.
Over the past years, residents were charged N.dollars 50 per month, provided that they used 75 litres of water per day.
This means that if they continue to use 75 litres of water per day, they now have to pay N.dollars 7.5 per day or N.dollars 225 per month.
According to Kakurukaze Ngombe, a resident of the Etati village, their water shortages come a long way – even before independence.
“We are currently not getting drought relief food at Etati because the Kunene Regional Council say we live in Opuwo town and therefore cannot benefit, but now the Opuwo Town Council say we are not part of them. Where do we stand?” asked Ngombe.
She said that all the years they have been drinking unhygienic water from a rusted hand pump at the village which turns the water into an orange colour.
“If we wanted clean water we have to go to the Okondaunue village or ask water from residents of Opuwo town at a cost,” said Ngombe.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Opuwo Town Council, Alfons Tjitombo told Nampa that it is not in the mandate of the town council to provide services outside the boundaries of the town.
Tjitombo said it was the second time that members of the community from rural areas came to his office asking to be supplied with water, when in fact they are supposed to be assisted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
The Headman of Etati village, Cornelius Tjondu told Nampa on Tuesday that a delegation would visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry's office in Opuwo very soon to see how the community of Etati village could be assisted.