Rain brings relief to Uis water woes

05 Apr 2017 16:20pm
By Paulus Shiku
UIS, 05 APR (NAMPA) – The water crisis at Uis, which had forced residents to rely on outside support for potable water for domestic use, seems to be something of the past due to recent good rains received in the area.
Good inflows into the Omaruru River aquifer in the last two months brought to normal the water supply situation at this settlement in the Erongo Region.
Residents here faced water shortages since June last year, a situation which forced the Erongo Regional Council to bring in water by tankers from, among others, the Anixab settlement, some 30 kilometres east of Uis.
Senior Administrator at the Uis settlement office, Jason Amukwa on Tuesday told Nampa that water supply is back to normal.
He said since last month, the reservoir is now at 80 per cent capacity and the flow into the system is “perfect”.
Amukwa, however, said water restrictions introduced last year are still in place.
“We are still monitoring the situation before we abolish the restrictions,” he said.
Residents get water between 06h00 and 08h00; 11h00 and 13h00; and 17h00 and 19h00.
Local businessman, Basil Calitz thanked people across the country who assisted them to transport water from Henties Bay to Uis during the water crisis.
He said in the spirit of ‘Harambee’, individuals and companies availed money and water tankers for the cause.
Calitz said the cost of water and transport was very high but thanks to those who supported them, they managed to survive.
“A 20 000 litre tanker [of water] cost N.dollars 4 700. We brought in 50 tankers in the past three months.” said the businessman.
Uis has approximately 50 000 inhabitants, mostly elderly people and unemployed youth.
Their average water demand is about 15 000 cubic metres per month.