Water rationing introduced at Gobabis

09 Jan 2019 16:10pm
GOBABIS, 09 JAN (NAMPA) – An acute shortage of water supply to the town of Gobabis by the Namibia Water Cooperation (Namwater) has forced the local municipality here to impose stringent water restrictions.
Water rationing has been introduced at the town, whereby taps will be closed completely between 22h00 and 04h00 the next day by the water utility to safe water.
The water rationing, which comes into effect this Friday, will be in place daily until end February 2019.
Confirming the developments to Nampa on Wednesday, Public Relations Officer (PRO) at the Gobabis Municipality, Frederich Ueitele said the move to ration water was necessitated by the condition of the Otjivero Dam at Omitara, which is empty at this stage following low rainfall in the catchment area.
The Otjivero Dam is the main source of water supply to Gobabis, in addition to several boreholes that are used in emergency situations.
Ueitele said despite the presence of 28 boreholes for this purpose, only 12 are usable at this stage, as the remaining 16 require rehabilitation.
“During this period, we will be relying on these 12 boreholes to service Gobabis, while others are being attended to. As such, it is important to limit our water usage at all costs to avoid a worse scenario,” he said.
The PRO noted that engineers working on the rehabilitation of the boreholes will need until 28 February to finalise the process, after which the water restrictions will be lifted.
He said Namwater had informed the town council of an imminent water shortage for the town in July 2018 already.
Since then, contingency measures were put in place to cushion the effect of the water crisis on residents, hence the limited dry tap hours, Ueitele said.
“We thought of our residents, especially school-going children, and decided to ration water at that time to limit the impact on the community,” he pointed out, adding that he could however not rule out further water restrictions, depending on the success of the pending water rationing exercise.