Water access remains a struggle for Groot Aub residents

11 Jan 2019 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JAN (NAMPA) - The lack of consistent water supply continues to plague the community of Groot Aub located over 45 kilometers South-East of Windhoek, with residents suggesting that they go, at times, days without water.
In an interview with Nampa on Thursday, community members of the settlement said, the unending water problem has forced them to adjust to not having it instead of hoping for a solution.
One resident, Thurstan Beukes said his neighbour, who gets water from the reservoir, provides water to four other households, including his household, causing a great inconvenience.
Jacobus Smith, an employee of the Omeya Golf Course, who is also a resident of the community, said the water situation is a huge burden to the community as they did not receive water on Sundays and Wednesdays so residents had to do without water if they did not store enough.
“There is no water today so we have to do with the little that we have,” he added.
Windhoek Rural Constituency Councillor, Penina Ita said, although the water issue is not entirely resolved, it has improved since the City of Windhoek (CoW) took over the administration of Groot Aub in September of 2017.
She noted that the CoW has appointed local residents to open and close a tap which runs from the borehole, instead of keeping it open the entire time, thereby depleting the water.
“We depend entirely on the borehole system which is fed by the rain so the yield in the borehole also goes down, which means the water is not enough to extract to provide for the people,” she further said.
“The bill to pump water until last year March was N.dollars 80 000.00 and no resident could pay for it,” Ita added.
She highlighted that the CoW is putting measures in place, planned to be implemented in August, for the community to start paying for water and electricity in order to acquire the necessary equipment such as pipes or boreholes.
In spite of these proposed measures, residents have singled out the problem of unemployment as one that will make it difficult for them to pay for these water and electricity services.
Ita however emphasised that people should become more innovative rather than waiting to be given jobs all the time.
“As much as we want government to provide jobs, they only have limited jobs available. There is much job creation opportunities in Groot Aub such as gardening and fence-fixing,” she added.