Lack of funds cripples relocation of pond

19 Dec 2018 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 DEC (NAMPA) – The relocation of a wastewater treatment pond in Opuwo, the Kunene Region’s capital, has been crippled by a lack of funds, the town’s recently re-elected mayor, Albert Tjiuma has said.
In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Tjiuma said the council is struggling to source money to relocate the pond three kilometres north of Opuwo, adjacent to the C43 road to Epupa.
“We need about N. dollars 25 million for relocation of the pond, which is both a health hazard and danger to the residents residing around it,” said Tjiuma.
The pond is situated east of the town behind the Ouranda informal settlement and fills the regional capital with a bad odor occasionally.
The mayor further said the fence around the pond is worn out and that children and cattle sometimes fall into the water.
A study, Tjiuma said, was conducted and it was established that the pond does not comply with the regulations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.
He further explained that the council is busy weighing other options while knocking on the doors of different companies to solicit funds to realise the relocation of the pond.
“As council we are in the time-being thinking of options such as using this water for irrigation as well as other ways of cleaning it for reuse,” noted the re-elected mayor.
Other major challenges faced by the council include a proper water channel that will avoid water to run all over the town.
Tjiuma said the council is at an advanced stage of negotiations with companies that can be contracted for water channeling.