Increased access to water and sanitation

25 March 2020 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT



A total of 7 684 boreholes have been drilled and fitted since independence and 51 water supply schemes have been initiated, covering a distance of 12 375 kilometres.

Furthermore, 3 243 water points have been rehabilitated and 23 515 private offtakes constructed.

This is according to agriculture ministry executive director, Percy Misika, who provided an update on the progress made in the development of the agriculture, water and forestry sectors from 1990 to 2020.

According to Misika, 256 earthen dams were excavated and rehabilitated while three desalination plants have been constructed.

These include the large Areva desalination plant at the coast, two smaller desalination plants at Uutsathima and Amarika, and nine water purification plants.

Misika said these developments mean that 90% of rural households and 98.6% of urban households now have access to safe drinking water.

Sanitation

With regard to sanitation, Misika said that 4 015 improved sanitation facilities have been constructed since independence and 13 villages have been declared free from open defecation.

“Before independence, 17% of rural households had access to improved sanitation.” This figure has increased to 35%.

He said before independence, 49% of urban households had access to improved sanitation, and this figure has improved to 82%.

According to him, the national average for sanitation stands at 46%.

Forestry

With regard to forestry, Misika said 43 community forests totalling more than 8.1 million hectares have been established since independence.

Three community wood centres have also been established. These are located at Oshikuku in the Omusati Region, Okahao in the Omusati Region and Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region.

Similar News

 

Harambee target still unachieved

4 weeks ago - 09 June 2020 | Infrastructure

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUPresident Hage Geingob's administration has not yet attained the goal of water security outlined by the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) - a national plan...

Congested roads expected

2 months ago - 07 May 2020 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK With the national lockdown officially being lifted, thousands of Namibians are expected to start travelling again, causing major...

'Land or death'

2 months ago - 06 May 2020 | Infrastructure

Kenya KamboweRUNDUAt Rundu's Sauyemwa Extension 1, squatters are demanding that the local authority provide them with land.They further said the town council must “forget” about...

Coronavirus silver lining for Walvis port

2 months ago - 05 May 2020 | Infrastructure

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe coronavirus-inspired lockdown in South Africa is credited in part with increased cargo at the port of Walvis Bay, which has become preferred...

NHE offers 3 months payment relief

3 months ago - 06 April 2020 | Infrastructure

NAMPAGOBABIS As part of its response to the challenges posed by the coronavirus, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has offered payment relief to its...

Increased access to water and sanitation

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT A total of 7 684 boreholes have been drilled and fitted since independence and 51 water supply schemes have...

Water governance outdated

3 months ago - 23 March 2020 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThere is an urgent need for a legally binding water regulatory framework, therefore government should enforce the Water Resource Management Act of 2013.This...

Windhoek's land price headache

3 months ago - 17 March 2020 | Infrastructure

It costs about N$522 393 to build a three-bedroom house in Windhoek, compared to N$331 980 for the same house at Keetmanshoop, because of varying...

Trans-Kalahari rail project still on

3 months ago - 17 March 2020 | Infrastructure

OGONE TLHAGE TransNamib CEO Johny Smith says there is still interest from the Namibian and Botswana governments to bring the Trans-Kalahari rail...

Neckartal Dam inaugurated

3 months ago - 16 March 2020 | Infrastructure

The N$5.6 billion Neckartal Dam was officially handed over to the government last week by the contractor, Salini Impregilo.Speaking at the handover, Vice-president Nangolo Mbumba...

Latest News

SPYL's Sikongo hands over seeds...

20 hours ago | Business

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught Namibia not to rely on other countries for imports of food, but instead produce its own food, as those countries...

Esau offers N$23m assets for...

20 hours ago | Crime

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEK Disgraced former fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau yesterday denied that either he or his son-in-law Tamson Hatuikulipi had in any way benefited from...

Swartbooi 'awakening sleeping lions'

20 hours ago | Politics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEK The Namibia National Liberation Veterans Association (NNLVA) says Landless People's Movement (LPM) leader Bernardus Swartbooi is “awakening sleeping lions” by calling founding...

Walvis Bay prisoners in panic...

20 hours ago | Health

OTIS FINCK AND OGONE TLHAGEWalvis Bay/Windhoek An inmate at the Walvis Bay prison is deeply concerned about hygiene at the correctional facility, which employs 77...

Big Oil confronts possibility of...

20 hours ago | Business

JULIEN MIVIELLEAlthough crude prices have rebounded from coronavirus crisis lows, oil experts are starting to ask if the industry has crossed the Rubicon of peak...

Lifestyle audits will uncover rot

20 hours ago | Opinion

Is it any coincidence that Namibian politicians own so much wealth whose source not even arithmetic geniuses can yet establish?Is it just by sheer luck...

German restaurants still hungry for...

20 hours ago | Business

By FLORIAN CAZERESThere's no sign of the usual lunch crowd at Berlin's Zen Kitchen, with just a few scattered diners dotting its terrace despite the...

GBV victim camps at police...

20 hours ago | Police

ILENI NANDJATOONDANGWAA gender-based violence (GBV) victim camped at the Ondangwa police station this past weekend after she was turned away on Friday and told to...

Girl (4) drowns at Swakop

20 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEK A four-year-old girl drowned this past weekend in Swakopmund, while her mother also nearly lost her life during a rescue...

Load More