Northern Namibia safe from water crisis
While other towns in the country, especially in central and western parts of the country, are still coming to terms with the fact that their taps may run dry at any given time, urban settlements in the northern regions are spared from the crisis.
Namwater’s Superintendent in the northern regions of Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati, Moses Shakela, says towns in the north do not face a water shortage problem.
Shakela said water supply to the north is secure because that part of the country is supplied with water through the cuvelai water channels.
The mayor of Oshakati, Katrina Shimbulu, also confirmed that the town is quiet secured and does not foresee any water crisis, but still advised residents of the town to use water sparingly.
“We know that the water crisis in the country is real. We are not just even talking about water for human consumption but for the animals as well, because of the lack of rain. We get our water from Angola through the supply of Namwater, and we have been assured that there is no problem,’’ adds Shimbulu.
Shimbulu said the town also has three back-up reservoirs, with one storing about one million cubic centimetres of water and the other two stores 75 000 and 13 000 cubic centimetres of water respectively.
Ongwediva has not received a red flag from the national water supplier regarding the water crisis.
“Given the persistent draught situation we would still encourage residents to use water wisely just to be on the safe side. If there is anything we will receive notification from Namwater but as is now we have not heard anything,” said Shimbulu
Tsumeb Town Council’s Chief Executive Office, Archie Benjamin, said while water is a scarce commodity in the country, they are lucky as the town has aquifers which are fully resourced and are managed properly by a Water Management Committee, which extracts the water on behalf of the Agriculture Ministry.
“We are also lucky, because this part of the country has received sufficient rainfall to supply our people, in fact we are lucky to have a water production capacity. We have about nine boreholes from which we pump our own water and the pump station has five water reservoirs. We treat our own water and distribute it to our customers only within Tsumeb,’’ said Benjamin.
He said people should generally be responsible in how they use water.
“We do engage our residents through public meetings and newspapers campaigns to remind them to use water sparingly all the time,’’ said Benjamin.