CoW responds to sewerage problems in Ongulumbashe, Okuryangava

The City of Windhoek (CoW) standby team dealing with water related problem on Saturday responded to grievances of community members from Ongulumbashe informal settlement in Okuryangavain the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency with work starting Monday.

The surrounding of Ongulumbashe has sewerage system blocked resulting in overflowing for months now.

In an interview with Nampa on Saturday at the site after the complaints, Foreman of the CoW Sewerage systems Kennedy Upendura told this News Agency his team will resume with work on Monday and fix the sewerage system once and for all saying the work could have been completed earlier if it was reported to the right people.

He added that community members throw hard materials into the drainage causing the blockage.

Our team will resume with work hon Monday and make sure the issue of sewerage system is buried. We want wand you to be here Monday and witness what will come out of the blocked sewerage system, said Upendura.

He further added that at times, residents do not report saying they have a fear of apparently being fined for reporting water problems to the CoW.

We are there for you, therefore report to us without any fear, he urged.

CoW Councillor Mathilde Ukeva a member of Management Committee who was also invited by this Agency at the site commended the CoW standby team for timeously responding to the call.

Ukeva told Nampa the CoW is busy replacing some of the old sewerage pipes with new ones and the team is currently in Okuryangava after completion in other locations around WIndhoek.

She said basic services including sewerage system in Katutura is CoW's priority therefore the community leaders should engage them either via sms or WhatsApp message pointing out the affected area in specific.

Also speaking to this News Agency Sindimba Martin one of the committee leaders of Ongulumbashe Section four of Okuryangava told Nampa the sewerage has been overflowing saying the situation has become unbearable especially to children from the settlement who play in the riverbed streams that has smelly and dirty water.

Source: Namibia Press Agency