First four drought relief boreholes installed in Kunene

30 Oct 2013 10:50am
OPUWO, 30 OCT (NAMPA) – At least four boreholes out of the 44 drilled this year for drought relief purposes in the Kunene Region have been fully- installed, and have started supplying water to local communities and their livestock.
The four villages where the boreholes were installed are Otjandawe in the Sesfontein area, the villages of Okahororua and Orutjandja-ruandao in the Epupa Constituency, and Ovimbandwangoma in the Sesfontein Constituency.
The Chief Control Officer in the Department of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in Opuwo, Kapukatua Kuvare told Nampa on Tuesday that the four boreholes were installed with funds from the department’s regional annual budget.
“We used our in-house team to install the successfully-drilled boreholes. We have a budget to cover the installation of 10 boreholes, of which four have now been completed,” he explained.
Kuvare said the 10 boreholes form part of the 18 which were successfully drilled this year.
Of the 18 boreholes, one unfortunately did not have enough water, while another 26 were found to be dry after drilling was completed.
“Amongst the 26, there are five villages which brought complaints to the office, claiming that their boreholes had not been drilled at all, while statistics from the contractors who were tasked with the drilling of the drought relief boreholes indicated that they had completed their work,” noted Kuvare.
The Chief Control Officer, however, indicated that another team is busy investigating the villagers’ claims.
“With the four boreholes which we have installed, we are making sure that farmers get water for their livestock by putting up temporary structures which include a water pump engine, plastic tanks and a portable trough,” he added.
The installation of the remaining seven boreholes (excluding the borehole which had a low water capacity) will be conducted by various contractors.
It is deemed a waste of resources and time to install a borehole with a low water capacity as it might dry out after a few days, or even hours.
Kuvare said the seven boreholes will be handed over to the contractors as soon as the bill of quantity had been established for each borehole.
With regards to the 26 boreholes for which drilling was unsuccessful, funds will have to be sourced so that new spots can be identified, and then drilling can commence at the various villages.