OPUWO: The Chief Executive Officer of the Opuwo Town Council, Alphons Tjitombo says the recent water shortages at the town are due to the low quantities of water being supplied to them by Namwater in the town’s reservoirs.
He told Nampa on Monday that the water levels in the reservoirs dropped so significantly that only residents on the low-lying areas are receiving water, while those on hills or highlands are suffering.
The water taps have been running dry at some residences for almost two weeks now, which raised questions from residents about what was going on.
“The water that we are receiving from Namwater per day is not even enough for the whole town’s residents, although water supply at the town has been under the administration of Namwater since 2005,” said Tjitombo.
He said a certain amount of water is being pumped to the town as to an intervention agreement between the town council and Namwater.
Tjitombo could, however, not say what the amount of water pumped to the town was and how much was indeed needed. He nonetheless explained that water was being rationed every day, where taps are opened for some hours and were then closed to ensure that the water levels were raised in the reservoirs.
Water taps in Opuwo are opened from 0600, and closed at 21h00 every day.
According to Tjitombo, the shortages of water in recent days was as a result of the electricity cut-off when the Northern Electricity Distributor (NORED) was cutting trees that had grown over electricity lines at the town for almost the whole day on 07 September.
“As a result, the water was not pumped from Namwater due to the electricity cut-off, contributing to the drop in the water levels in the reservoirs,” he added.
Following that debacle, in this month Namwater had to again replace the membranes at the water purification plant for the whole day. Water could thus not be pumped due to these activities as the water has to pass through the purification plant to the reservoirs.
“We are going to discuss the issue of water quantity in planned meetings with Namwater soon to see how the issue could be resolved,” noted Tjitombo.
He added that there was also a need to change the rationing hours between 12h00 to 14h00, as this would enable people to have water throughout the day.