Windhoek running dry

27 December 2016 | Disasters

The City of Windhoek will remain reliant on the use of borehole water until the three dams supplying the city have received inflows. Water rationing is also expected to stay in place in the interim period.

The Von Bach and Swakoppoort dams are both at critically low levels and both are expected to stop delivering water any day now.

Von Bach's water becomes unusable due to sludge when the dam is at 4.3% while Swakoppoort become unusable at 2.3%. The dams currently hold 5%.

According to a source in the City of Windhoek who chose to remain anonymous, drilling activities are progressing well but it was emphasised that security of water supply could only be achieved if Windhoek residents kept to the outlined water savings targets.

“We are going to receive less water, emergency water. We do not have any water resources anymore.”

He indicated that drilling activities carried out had progressed well.

“A lot of work has been done, not all boreholes have been drilled but at least 50% of the new boreholes have been drilled. There can however easily be a fault but we are satisfied with what we have achieved.”

He indicated that water rationing would be the new norm.

“We need to really need to achieve our savings.” He noted that the City would close all illegal carwashes in 2017 as well as to introduce two additional measures to help support government's Save Water Campaign. We have hope.”

Another source within the City of Windhoek told Namibian Sun that water supply was guaranteed for at least two years. This was achievable because drilling activities had been largely successful and the southern aquifer had bolstered supply efforts.

“We have drawn a few boreholes and currently extract a lot of water from the aquifer. The majority of the water is drawn from boreholes and the aquifer.” What it meant for future supply he could not say, only indicating that based on modelling, Windhoek would possibly have water for roughly two years. “We cannot say with certainty. We can draw up to two years then we will have to recharge the sources naturally.”

The source could not deny or confirm whether Windhoek was securing water from the Von Bach Dam or the Kartsveld basin. According to him, NamWater held the responsibility for the supply of those water sources. He could not also verify whether the Von Bach Dam was supplying any water at this time.


Similar News


Rain causes havoc

4 weeks ago - 16 February 2018 | Disasters

Houses and household items of roughly 60 families were destroyed and blown away by heavy rains and winds over the weekend in the Burgershoek settlement...

Namibgrens robbers set fire to farmhouse

2 months ago - 02 January 2018 | Disasters

The home of the owner of the well-known Namibgrens Guest Farm near the Gamsberg Pass west of Windhoek went up in flames at around 02:30...

Water security still high on agenda

4 months ago - 30 October 2017 | Disasters

Water supply to Windhoek and the rest of central Namibia could be theoretically secured until 2020 subject to efficient water demand measures, a three-year model...

Harvey's path of destruction

6 months ago - 30 August 2017 | Disasters

More than three days after Harvey ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities had confirmed only three deaths - including a woman...

Government drafts disaster plan

6 months ago - 25 August 2017 | Disasters

Following several years of natural disasters of devastating floods and droughts that have struck the north-central areas of Namibia, an integrated drought and flood management...

Regional force to distribute food in Kunene

6 months ago - 25 August 2017 | Disasters

Roughly 1 000 military personnel are expected to participate in the Blue Kunene exercise that will distribute humanitarian aid in the Kunene Region from 20...

Zuma stays put

7 months ago - 09 August 2017 | Disasters

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has survived a motion of no confidence in his presidency, held via secret ballot in parliament.Following a two-hour debate and...

Water secure until 2020

7 months ago - 01 August 2017 | Disasters

With the available water resources, as well as the stipulated Windhoek water savings, NamWater is confident that the water security of the central region, particularly...

104 drought boreholes in limbo

7 months ago - 27 July 2017 | Disasters

The unused boreholes reported on by Namibian Sun last week were not drilled under the South African government's N$100 million donation to Namibia. That funding...

Windhoek digs deep for water

7 months ago - 24 July 2017 | Disasters

The City of Windhoek is hard at work to diversify water supply options in order to reduce its reliance on bulk supplier NamWater as part...

Latest News

Zuma to be charged...

1 day - 16 March 2018 | Politics

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will be prosecuted on 18 charges of corruption, the National Prosecuting Authority announced this afternoon. The charges include more...

Rogue driver doctor in holding,...

1 day - 16 March 2018 | Justice

Dr Yevai Chiradza, the suspended Otjiwarongo doctor who had a pending warrant of arrest issued against him last week Wednesday, in connection with a charge...

Entire Rehoboth council suspended

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Government

In a bold move, newly appointed urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga has dropped a bombshell by suspending the entire Rehoboth town council yesterday...

Defence splurges N$69m on farms

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Government

Revelations have come to the fore detailing how the Ministry of Defence splashed almost N$70 million on acquiring two farms last year.The defence ministry has...

Tug-of-war over spy agency job

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Government

The former director-general of the Namibia Central Intelligence Services (NCIS), Lucas Hangula, has been assigned specific tasks and will therefore stay put at the spy...

Annual inflation edges back

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Economics

Overall annual inflation in February was 3.5%, down from 3.6% the previous month. In February 2017, the overall rate was 7.8%. The main inflation categories...

Thousands leave civil service

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Government

Jo-Maré Duddy – More than 9 000 civil servants left the public service sector last year, most of them for unspecified reasons.That left 102 142...

9 Must-Do Tips to Find...

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Business

1. Update everythingYou might be in a time crunch, but it’s important to resist the urge to click ‘Apply’ for every open position you see...

A year of transformation

2 days ago - 16 March 2018 | Banking

First National Bank (FNB) Namibia appoints Rodney Forbes as the Executive Officer, Points of Presence. Rodney holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours degree. Octavia...

Load More