NamWater and MAWF receive water tanker trucks

25 May 2017 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 MAY (NAMPA) - NamWater and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry on Wednesday received eight water tanker trucks and water purification tablets from the United States Government.
The 10 000 litre water tanker trucks were donated through the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) for use in the most needy areas countrywide.
Handing over the donation, US Ambassador to Namibia Thomas Daughton said some people seem to think the water crisis is over because of certain areas in the country that received good rainfall this year.
“They are wrong,” he said.
Daughton said the rain is a temporary reprieve, adding that growth in Namibia’s population and economy is going to put continuous pressure on the country’s water resources, even in good rain years.
Receiving the donation, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda said as part of the Drought Relief Programme the ministry has been implementing water supply initiatives, which included the drilling of boreholes and the provision of water tanker services to affected communities.
She said during the 2013/14 drought year the ministry procured five new water tankers at a cost of N.dollars 12 million which were allocated to regions that were most affected by the drought.
“However, these tankers were not sufficient to supply water to all affected communities because the numbers had increased following a review of the drought situation,” Shiweda said.
She further explained that although water tanker services are considered to be the most expensive method of supplying water to communities, compared to the drilling of boreholes, it still remains the most reliable method at the ministry’s disposal.