Karasburg East Constituency Councillor, Dennis Coetzee has called on NamWater and the ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform to come up with a solution to the water crises experienced at the Grünau settlement. Coetzee made the call at the […]
Karasburg East Constituency Councillor, Dennis Coetzee has called on NamWater and the ministry of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform to come up with a solution to the water crises experienced at the Grünau settlement.
Coetzee made the call at the official inauguration of a pilot rural water desalination plant here on Friday.
He said currently NamWater only provides 33 cubic metres instead of 36.0 cubic metres that are required for the settlement, which has resulted in some residents having water supply only for a few hours.
‘We are busy with sewer and water reticulation and in the process to put up prepaid water meter taps at every household because water is part of basic services. If the water situation is not improving we will have a catastrophic situation where illnesses such as Hepatitis E and others will find brewing ground and we do not want our people to die,’ stressed Coetzee.
He said access to clean water is not only a basic need but a necessity to sustain all forms of life adding that water scarcity and lack of access to water by the poor are amongst the main obstacles to the full enjoyment of the right to water.
While acknowledging that the water utility should look for other ways on how it can source the water and increase its quantity to the settlement, NamWater Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Nehemia said they will dispatch a team to do a geohydrological investigation on areas to source groundwater to supply water to the settlement.
‘The good thing now is that we have a plant to treat the water, even if we get groundwater that is salty, let’s say 80 or 100 kilometers we can treat. That is the first thing we will do before we jump to Keetmanshoop or Naute or even the Orange River that is drying out,’ added Nehemia.
Source: Namibia Press Agency