Ongwediva Town Council warns against fishing in oxidation ponds

06 Mar 2017 15:00pm
ONGWEDIVA, 06 MAR (NAMPA) - The Ongwediva Town Council has warned the public not to fish in oxidation ponds at the town.
A media statement issued by the council’s communications officer, Jackson Muma on Monday said they have observed people doing so over the past few days.
“Culprits who were stopped before would illegally enter the oxidation ponds to catch fish,” he said.
On Monday morning, it was discovered that someone had dug a hole in one of the walls at a temporary pond.
“This resulted in the flow of sewerage water towards an oshana (pan) and the same people then proceeded to go and catch fish in the same oshana, making it seem as if the fish are a result of the good rains received over the last week,” Muma said.
He said the council is trying to find ways to deal with the situation, but in the meantime is urging people to stop damaging the ponds as it affects the entire Ongwediva community.
Muma also said if anyone is caught fishing in municipal ponds or in the oshanas around the ponds, the council will be forced to take legal action.
He also cautioned the public against consuming fish from the oshanas in the Oshinyadhila area, as the water is contaminated.
Oxidation ponds are designed to treat wastewater through the interaction of sunlight, bacteria, and algae.