MPs discuss water interruptions in Zambezi and Kavango

01 Dec 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – The National Council (NC) Standing Committee on Habitat proposed the installation of stand-by power stations in the Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West regions to counter water cut-offs resulting from power failures in these areas.
The recommendations were made after the committee undertook a regional excursion to investigate progress made so far on rural water supply and land servicing initiatives.
In its report tabled in the NC on Tuesday, the committee said the supply of water to the three regions by NamWater was often interrupted, especially in Zambezi, even when many residents had settled their water bills timeously.
The report stated that cut-offs in Zambezi were due to water being supplied through power-driven infrastructure with the sporadic supply of power to the region having a negative bearing on the performance of NamWater infrastructure.
“The Zambezi Region has no power supply stand-by system and this means that power failure automatically results into water supply failure,” the report said.
It further pointed out that the supply of water in Kavango East by NamWater was also inadequate as the water infrastructure lacked enough pressure to drive water to all parts reached by pipelines.
Member of Parliament John Likando during the debate on the report on Wednesday said NamWater should allocate technicians to every region, especially the country’s northern parts where water can be off for up to three days. He said the delay is caused by the wait for a technician to arrive from far, either Windhoek of South Africa, to fix problems like damaged water pipes.
“They must make provision so that technicians are on the ground at all times,” he said.