Not even N$20 for water

08 November 2019 | Local News

Some inhabitants of Omundaungilo in the Ohangwena Region have reverted to using pond water that is unfit for human consumption, claiming that they cannot afford the N$20 monthly contribution to community water points.

Omundaungilo constituency councillor Festus Ikanda says his office has not yet received complaints about people unable to pay for clean water, but they are aware that there are people using pond water.

In response to a water crisis in the Ohangwena Region, the Kalahari Ohangwena Aquifer (KOH) research team established that there is fresh water in the Omhalapapa area near the Angolan border, which offers a direct supply without any treatment needed.

Several water points have been set up supplying Omundaungilo and the surrounding areas with fresh water directly from two boreholes at Omhalapapa.

According to Ikanda, the water points are being managed by a community water point committee which charges a small fee for maintenance.





“The government has done its part to supply water to the communities. Community water points are managed by selected community members who form a community water point committee. They decide at their community meetings how they will maintain their water points,” Ikanda said.



“These boreholes are equipped with pumps that need diesel. The money they pay is mostly for diesel consumption and pump maintenance in case of breakage. At least the community must be able to maintain their boreholes, especially for minor issues,” he said.



Peinge Kashikuka, 73, says her family still uses pond water because they cannot afford to pay N$20 a month for tap water.



“We better use water from the ponds because the money we get from the government every month is reserved for other uses. We have no problem with water from the ponds because we have been drinking it long before we got tap water,” Kashikuka says.



Another resident, Festus Kafiye, says he uses pond water to make homebrew that he sells at his cuca shop.



“I cannot use the little money I get from my cuca shop to pay for tap water. I use water from the ponds to brew otombo and other beverages at my cuca shop. I've never heard people complaining that my brew is bad due to water,” Kafiye says.



Namibian Sun could not establish exactly how many households still use pond water, but apparently the majority of them do.



In some households, tap water is only for drinking, while pond water is used for washing.



The ponds were dug by the community members before the government started piping clean water to them.

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

Ta futitha epangelo oomiliyona 1.4

1 day - 04 June 2020 | Local News

JANA-MARI SMITH OVENDUKA Frederik Petrus Fridel ota pula ompangu opo yi zimine a futwe oshimaliwa shomiliyona yimwe omolwa efufu lye lyokomutse...

Ye vulithe po 120 ya kanitha iilonga popoloyeka yaWu

1 day - 04 June 2020 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWE RUNDU Konyala aantu ye li pe 120 oya kanitha iilonga yawo mEtiyali moRundu sha landula omananathano pokati komunangeshefa Omuchina, Stina Wu,...

Red Cross raises N$8.8m for Covid-19

2 days ago - 03 June 2020 | Local News

NAMPARUNDUThe Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) has so far raised a total of N$8 815 805 for its N$31 million national response plan to the...

Kavango vote haunts PDM

3 days ago - 02 June 2020 | Local News

Kenya KamboweRUNDU Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader McHenry Venaani blames the party's poor performance in last November's general election in the two Kavango regions on...

'Kalunga oye awike te mu pangula'

3 days ago - 02 June 2020 | Local News

FRANCOISE STEYNBERGOVENDUKABabi gwongeleka yoHouse of Joy Ministries, pamwe nomutamanekwa naye, Friza Dumeni otaya tamanekelwa iipotha mbyoka omolwa ooniga dhoompanda oshilwitho niikuti mbyoka ya adhika megumbo...

Omudhipagi gwomoRundu a shunwa mondjeedhililo

3 days ago - 02 June 2020 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDU Omulumentu ta tamanekelwa edhipago, ngoka a li a yi kombanda yiikundaneki sho a mangululwa mondjeedhililo yaRundu sho oshipotha she sha kuthwa mo momusholondondo...

Lockdown fully enforced at Walvis Bay

4 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Local News

LEANDREA LOUWWALVIS BAY Walvis Bay is now home to three active coronavirus cases after a 51-year-old man tested positive for the virus last Saturday....

Wanted: Executives for Rundu council

4 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDU The financially-limping Rundu town council has launched a hunt to fill several positions, including that of a CEO.The council is looking...

Aayugi ya mono oshiponga

4 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Local News

ILENI NANDJATOOMAALALA Omuniilonga omukiintu moshipangelo shopaumwene shOndangwa Private Hospital okwa yugwa komulungu gwondjembo kaalumentu yane, oshimaliwa sha thika pooN$200 000 komeho goombaanga yoFirst...

Omalovu taga patululwa

4 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKESOVENDUKA Omalvou otaga ka pitikwa okulandithwa okuza uusiku wesiku lyotango lya Juni, kakele mondoolopa yaMbaye.Ondoolopa yaMbaye moka aantu yaali ya kwatwa kombuto yocorona...

Latest News

More details emerge of bribery...

2 hours ago | Justice

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe money trail in the Fishrot saga was further unravelled yesterday when Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigator Willem Olivier testified that money had been paid...

EFN speaks on media assaults,...

2 hours ago | Disasters

Staff ReporterWINDHOEKThe Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) has taken exception to the ever-increasing government practice of allowing only state-owned media institutions at certain public engagements,...

Kapana seller claims police brutality

2 hours ago | Police And Crime

MICHELLINE NAWATISESWINDHOEKDavid Shambo (50), who sells kapana from his home in Windhoek's Havana informal settlement, claims he was the victim of police brutality this week.According...

Press becoming an endangered species

2 hours ago | Opinion

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”With those powerful words, French philosopher Voltaire was...

Confessed killer pleads not guilty

2 hours ago | Justice

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUCastro Domingo (34), who had previously confessed to having killed and buried his girlfriend two years ago, yesterday pleaded not guilty in the Rundu...

Drugs worth N$3.4m seized, 159...

2 hours ago | Crime

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKDrugs worth more than N$3.46 million were seized in May and 159 suspects were arrested on drug-related charges.According to the police 140 of those...

Long wait for Nust students

2 hours ago | Education

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKThe Namibian University of Science and Technology (Nust) says students will not be able to return to campus before 3 August.Under stage three of...

Sharing the gospel through music

2 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKHaving been active on the gospel music scene in different capacities, including event organising and being part of choirs, since 2015, Spazza &...

tjil introduces new platforms

2 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKIn efforts to offer more platforms to Namibian entertainers, Namibia Media Holdings (NMH), through its publication Namibian Sun, will tonight launch tjil Sessions...

Load More