Adolf settlement built on NamWater pipeline

OSHAKATI: The Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) here has requested traditional leaders to help protect the company’s water pipelines.

A senior NamWater official at Oshakati, Moses Shakela, confirmed this in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.

He was responding to reports that several business and housing buildings at the Ekolanaambo village’s Adolf settlement in the Oshana Region have been constructed on and/or in the immediate vicinity of the NamWater underground main pipe which supplies water to the area.

Adolf is one of the fast-growing rural settlements in northern Namibia. It is situated some 10km from the town of Ongwediva on the way to Ondangwa.

Residents of that settlement Nampa spoke to this week revealed that a section of the said pipe burst last week, leaving several housing and business units there under water before the NamWater technicians could repair it.

“This is the time we realised for the first time that many houses and business places are built either on top or too close to the pipe, and are at risk of suffering serious damage once it burst again in the future,” the concerned residents of the Adolf settlement argued.

They thus demanded that NamWater intervene and provide guidance as to how far people should construct their housing and business units from such pipelines.

Shakela shared similar concerns, saying his office will consult with the local traditional leaders and village headmen to assist NamWater in making their subjects aware of the fact that building on or close to a water pipeline is a risky exercise.

He said the problem was caused because of a lack of regulating the construction of businesses and houses by rural communities living in the immediate vicinity of NamWater pipelines.