Neckartal dam construction completed

The construction of the biggest earth dam in Namibia, Neckartal, has been completed, minister of agriculture Alpheus !Naruseb confirmed to The Villager yesterday.

The dam which is located in the //Karas Region overcame hurdles during the construction including a strike by employees.

 “This is a milestone we have reached and knowing Namibia as a dry country this dam will help us solve the water shortage issue we have been experiencing for the past number of years."

"We are quite positive that this dam will make a difference in terms of saving water for both human and animal consumption. We are on the right track as far as saving water is concerned and we need to be realistic and pray that we get good rain in order to save some water for future use,” he said.

He added that construction of the dam has taken a long time to be completed due to various reasons beyond the control of the state and there is a need to applaud all the stakeholders that were a part of the construction process.

!Naruseb also said that the construction of the Ohangwena aquifer has been completed.

“The construction process of the aquifer has been well completed and the technical teams are only testing the aquifer to avoid any kind of surprises on time we will start saving water. The ministry is determined to make it possible that we use every means of dams and aquifers we have in our positions to save water for future consumption,” he said.

He added that the ministry is also looking at additional structures and dams that can be used to save water for human and animal consumption as time goes on.

“As the minister, it is my duty to make sure that every means is used to save up water for future consumption no matter how long it takes,” he said.