Windhoek's brown water is safe

18 May 2017 | Local News

The City of Windhoek has issued a statement with regard to recent complaints about the quality and safety of the water supplied to residents of the capital.

There have been several complaints on social media platforms with photographs of grossly discoloured water in various suburbs of the city.

According to Lydia Amuntenya, the City's public relations officer, the periodic discolouration of the water is due to elevated levels of iron and manganese in borehole water which discolour the water and items it may come in contact with.

Abstraction from the aquifer has now been reduced to a minimum and NamWater is again supplying the city with water from the three central dams, Amutenya said.

“Although water production has reduced, the reservoirs and the water reticulation network are already saturated with elevated levels of these constituents and it may take some time before the system may be flushed clean.

“NamWater also experienced increased iron and manganese levels in water as a result of recent inflow into the dams. This has resulted in a batch of high turbidity water being received from Von Bach in the terminal reservoir in Windhoek.”

The problem, however, appears to be solved and the City expects water quality to return to normal.

“The water is safe to drink even though it may be aesthetically unpleasant. The City will continue to test the water from the aquifer even though the abstraction has gone into maintenance mode,” Amutenya said.

“It was originally anticipated to use the increased production from the Windhoek aquifer as a data-gathering process in order to gain knowledge on the performance of the aquifer.

“As normal abstraction from the Windhoek aquifer has now gone into maintenance mode the City is forced to continue with its testing process where certain compartments of the aquifer are tested in order to obtain this vital information. As such water is still being abstracted from certain compartments and this will continue until October this year.”

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