Omaheke RC makes strides in providing water facilities

Fast tracking implementation

20 November 2020 | Economics

Most of the water provision projects in the Omaheke Region funded under the 2019/20 Drought Relief Programme, which has been experiencing serious delays, have been completed.

By the end of October 2020, 21 boreholes had been drilled at a cost of N$ 3.5 million in both communal and resettlement areas in all constituencies in the region, except for Gobabis where the drilling of two boreholes is still pending. The council's senior public relations officer, Tauno Iileka said in a statement.

Iileka said eight more boreholes are still to be drilled in the Otjombinde, Otjinene and Okorukambe constituencies as well.

Twenty-three existing boreholes have been installed with solar pumps at a total cost of N$ 2 million in all constituencies, excluding Otjombinde and Otjinene where seven boreholes are still to be installed either with solar or submersible pumps.

“Fifteen more boreholes in the other constituencies are also to be installed,” the statement said.

The Omaheke Regional Council further bought materials such as stationary engines, tanks, pipes and mechanical pumps to supply water at various water points in all constituencies, excluding Okorukambe and Gobabis where materials are currently being ordered from suppliers. More materials have been ordered for the Otjombinde Constituency.

“The materials for the whole region were bought at a total cost of N$ 4.5 million. Outstanding water provision projects are expected to cost N$4 million which includes siting, drilling, testing and installation of boreholes,” Iileka said.

The regional council received a total of N$ 14.7 million from the Office of the Prime Minister in October and November last year to drill and rehabilitate boreholes in the region.

This was in response to a nationwide state of emergency due to drought which was extended to March this year.

Despite the setbacks, the council has been coming up with various strategies to ensure the project continues unabated and residents receive water as expected, such as compelling the contractor to get a second rig to speed up the drilling of the boreholes, the statement concluded.

- Nampa