CoW to rehabilitate sewerage system at Havana

03 Aug 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 AUG (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (Cow) on Friday resolved to rehabilitate the sewerage system in Walvis Bay street in the Moses Garoeb Constituency, following complaints by affected residents.
During a meeting held by CoW’s technical team on Friday, its Strategic Executive for Infrastructure, Water and Technical Services, Ludwig Narib said they will commence the rehabilitation work on Monday.
The decision followed complaints by residents that the blocked system causes a health hazard for the community.
Narib said the water blockage is mostly caused by residents throwing heavy materials such as car engine parts, blankets and tree branches into the pipelines, adding that the current sewerage pipes are made of clay and that the CoW is busy replacing them with Polyvinyl Chloride (plastic pipes).
A resident of Moses Garoeb Constituency, Erastus Kaindume, told this agency in an interview on Thursday that his shack is adjacent to the blocked sewerage system and the faulty sewerage causes an intolerable smell for him and his family, which includes minors.
“Whenever you eat or breathe, it is as if you are inhaling that thick smelly something. Our children are now exposed to different airborne diseases including Hepatitis E,” he said.
Another resident, Johannes Augustus, said the spread of dirty water in the surrounding area puts the children at risk of waterborne diseases since they play in that wet sand.