Lack of finances compound Katjinakatji water crisis

30 Aug 2019 09:10am
RUNDU, 29 AUG (NAMPA) – Residents of Katjinakatji Village in the Kavango West Region are still without water as the Directorate of Rural Water Supply in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry does not have funds to rehabilitate existing boreholes that are drying up.
This news agency reported recently that relief was on the way for residents of Katjinakatji who are dependent on a borehole that is rapidly drying up for their water needs.
The Directorate of Rural Water Supply, to which the borehole belongs, reached a formal agreement with the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) for the directorate to remove their equipment from the borehole that is drying up and install it in one of the six boreholes belonging to NamWater.
This was to be done in order for the close to 3500 villagers to have access to a new borehole and thus be water secure.
Councilor of the Mankumpi Constituency, Lukas Muha told Nampa on Thursday however, that there is still no work on the ground visible from the directorate of rural water supply.
“Both the villagers and their livestock are in a serious water crisis,” the councilor stressed.
The regional head of the directorate, Richard Shikongo said they are committed to resolving the water crisis at Katjinakatji, however, it is not an easy exercise.
“We want to transfer the infrastructures from the dry borehole to the boreholes of NamWater but we are so much handicapped by the lack of resources,” Shikongo said.
He said there are issues with the quality of water in the NamWater boreholes.
According to Shikongo, the water in the NamWater boreholes is categorised as group C, meaning that the water can be used but it is not of the best quality.
“Sometimes, over time, the water quality changes. To have the water tested is time and money that you spend again,” he added.
The main issues, however, is that the entire ministry is not in a good financial state, he added.
He said he does not even know if the directorate will have operations for the rest of the year as that is how bad the situation is currently.