OPUWO: Opuwo residents have been drinking poor quality water supplied by NamWater since last week.
The untreated lime water is the result of low levels of water supplied to the reservoirs of the Opuwo Town Council by NamWater.
According to a source who wanted to remain anonymous, Opuwo needs about 120 cubic metres of water per day, but NamWater’s Water Purification Treatment Plant, through which the water has to run to go to the town reservoirs, is only able to pump up to 50 cubic metres of water per day.
Tests were conducted last week Wednesday and Thursday, and as a result, all the valves had to be opened to fill the reservoirs, and the exercise also served to test the flow of water.
However, this resulted in water bypassing the treatment plant.
A chemical water analysis done by NamWater in 2002 indicated that the town’s water fell in Class D and thus unfit for human consumption.
This means that the water contains a high level of lime that can cause blocked pipes, damage water meters and cause some of the residents to get sick.
The situation was changed after the water treatment plant was constructed at Opuwo in 2009, and the water class improved to A, until last week when it returned to Class D.
According to Abel Katjoho, the head of the technical department at the Opuwo Town Council, the bypassing of water could have many implications on the water pipeline infrastructure of the town if it persists for a long period.
“We noticed a change in the quality of the water, and we also received complaints from residents about the bad taste of the water. Some residents got sick because of the water since last week Wednesday,” Katjoho told Nampa on Wednesday.
Approached for comment, Public Relations Officer at NamWater, Tommi-Riva Numbala said the water issue at Opuwo has many technicalities that need to be considered, and could not immediately provide an answer on the water issues.
Numbala said NamWater will issue a media statement soon.