N$2.9m for 250 sanitation facilities

03 May 2021 | Agriculture

ELLANIE SMIT



WINDHOEK

An amount of about N$2.9 million has been allocated to construct at least 250 sanitation facilities in rural areas countrywide.

Agriculture and water minister Calle Schlettwein said this when motivating the budget allocation for the water sector last week.

An amount of N$465.26 million has been allocated to the sector.

He said the allocation is to improve water supply security and bulk supply infrastructure and the sanitation policy and programme.

The amount allocated is split into 44% that is earmarked for capital projects, while 66% is intended for operational expenditures.

Schlettwein said an amount of N$186.5 million is allocated towards addressing water infrastructure development, maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure countrywide and an amount of N$50 million for the Rural Water Supply Programme is allocated for the construction of rural secondary pipelines.

Water is life

He added the ministry has also secured funding from the African Development Bank to the tune of N$1.8 billion, which will address bulk and rural water supply needs in the country.

According to him, N$2.906 million will be allocated towards sanitation coordination.

He said 2016 statistics indicated that 46% of Namibians - 17% rural and 70% urban - are served with appropriate sanitation facilities.

Schlettwein said the ministry is also cognisant of the importance of water for economic and social development.

“It is in this respect that we are putting in place programmes to improve water supply security by ensuring a coordinated planning and implementation programme of the rural and bulk water supply infrastructure and the sanitation programmes.”