Water supply and sanitation improves

04 March 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The supply of water and sanitation facilities in rural areas has improved significantly over the past three decades, according to official statistics.

Since independence, a total of 51 water supply schemes have been constructed in Namibia, covering a distance of 12 375 km across the country.

A total number of 3 243 water points have been rehabilitated, 7 684 were installed after drilling and the connection of 23 515 private off-takes have been identified by all regions.

Before independence, 17% of rural households had access to improved sanitation. This figure had increased to 35% by 2020.

Also, 49% of urban households had access to improved sanitation before independence, and this figure had improved to 82% to by last year.

The deputy director of public relations in the agriculture ministry, Chrispin Matongela, says water point committees and caretakers are trained to manage these points in all regions except Khomas, as guided by the community-based management strategy for rural water supply.



Dams

He says 256 earthen dams have been excavated or rehabilitated in 13 regions, excluding Khomas.

Furthermore, the National Sanitation Strategy was developed to enhance coordination of sanitation provision, whereas national and regional water and sanitation forums were established to enhance the overall coordination.

According to Matongela, 4 015 improved sanitation facilities were constructed in the 13 regions. Since 2017, the community-led total sanitation programme has been implemented in the Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West and Ohangwena regions.

A total of 13 villages have been declared open defecation free as the communities have been empowered to conduct their own sanitation appraisal and analysis.

Similar News

 

Otweya housing project kicks off

1 month - 17 February 2021 | Infrastructure

LEANDREA LOUWWALVIS BAYThe ground-breaking ceremony and construction commencement of 121 houses at the Otweya informal settlement took place in Walvis Bay on Monday morning.The minister...

N$90m to rehabilitate Omahenene-Olushandja canal

1 month - 16 February 2021 | Infrastructure

TUYEIMO HAIDULAOMAHENENENamWater on Saturday started a six-month rehabilitation of the Omahenene-Olushandja canal.The entire canal needs to be cleaned to improve water supply to the main...

Otweya: Housing news met with mixed emotions

2 months ago - 25 January 2021 | Infrastructure

OTIS FINCKWALVIS BAYErongo governor Neville Andre last week informed the Otweya community that the construction of 121 houses for residents of Twalaloka informal settlement, whose...

No crack in Neckartal wall

2 months ago - 22 January 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe agriculture ministry says all possible risks, including flooding, were assessed before the Neckartal Dam was built and claims of a crack in the...

Calle ecstatic as Neckartal passes 40% mark

3 months ago - 08 January 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAgriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has expressed delight that the amount of water currently in the Neckartal Dam after the recent heavy rains is about...

New development planned south of Windhoek

4 months ago - 18 November 2020 | Infrastructure

YOLANDA NEL WINDHOEK A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday this week to discuss a new proposed development at Farm Gross Haigamas.Developers Birdsong Properties are...

Road junction open to traffic

5 months ago - 03 November 2020 | Infrastructure

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUND The junction at the eastern entrance to Swakopmund and 33 km of tarred road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – including two new...

20 low-cost houses for fire victims

6 months ago - 08 October 2020 | Infrastructure

LEANDREA LOUWWALVIS BAYTwo months after a fire swept through the Otweya informal settlement in Walvis Bay, destroying homes, leaving hundreds homeless and killing a two-year-old...

Health facilities handed over at southern border

6 months ago - 25 September 2020 | Infrastructure

Ariamsvlei • Elizabeth Joseph The Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF) in partnership with the DeBeers Group officially handed over and inaugurated brand new port health...

Govt launches housing census

7 months ago - 01 September 2020 | Infrastructure

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEK The ministry of urban and rural development and the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) have embarked on a housing survey that will contribute...

Latest News

‘School uniform project at advanced...

15 hours ago | Business

Trade minister Lucia Iipumbu has said the local school uniform project aimed to embargo the importation of school uniforms is at an advanced stage and...

Economy in critical need of...

15 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU – To ensure that Namibia’s economy gets back on track, it is of critical importance to aggressively spend on the health sector to...

Geingob tells Shanghala off

15 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEK President Hage Geingob on Saturday suggested that former justice minister...

Business struggles to recover from...

15 hours ago | Business

Ndalimpinga Iita - Despite economic revival efforts in Namibia, businesses operating in the country continue to struggle following disruptions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.For years,...

EDITORIAL

15 hours ago | Opinion

Affirmative Repositioning leader Job Amupanda and his cohorts in the social justice movement last week promised to up the tempo in their fight against corruption.Amupanda...

Angola woos Spanish investment

15 hours ago | Economics

Luanda - Angola's president João Lourenço has vowed to resolve the country's staggering debt in a bid to encourage business investment from Spain, as the...

Sacu coordination critical for AfCFTA

15 hours ago | Economics

The coordination of the Southern Africa Customs Union (Sacu) member countries in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement is critical...

Outjo’s water arrears run into...

15 hours ago | Economics

More than 3 000 residents and businesses owe the Outjo municipality in excess of N$33 million and the local authority will today cut the water...

Three die in car crash...

15 hours ago | Accidents

NAMPA OKAKARARAThree men died instantly on Saturday after the sedan they were travelling in overturned and crashed into a concrete wall...

Load More