Khorixas illegal squatters get standpipes

 Khorixas mayor, Cleophas Tjunduwa has said that a directive was given that at least three water standpipes be erected for illegal squatters at the towns informal settlement in response to Coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Tjuunduwa said that the squatters that have been living in the town informal settlement known as Donkerhoek west do not have direct access to potable water and a decision was taken to install three satrapies before the close of business on Tuesday.

“We have advised these residents to be patient as the technical teams are already busy with installing standpipes for them. This resident in the need to understand that they have settled on plots that were not allocated for them and it’s challenging to bring water close to them, but we are trying,” he said.

He added that the council has also requested water tanks to be installed in the informal settlement from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in efforts to bring water closer to the people of the informal settlement.

However the council’s technical team has managed to fixed 13 standpipes in the Donkerhoek east informal settlement and the total of standpipes that are now operational are 17, said the mayor.

“The technical team has been working around the clock to make sure that the resident in the informal settlement has as soon as possible. The team has also managed to set up tanks in the new established informal settlement and we are working around the clock,” he said.

Tjunduwa urged the residents that are based in the location to be patience as the council has already managed to reconnected water of 69 households in the formal location since Saturday to date.

“We are doing our best to cover the whole town. I am getting calls from people claiming that the teams have not shown up at their houses. I would like to advise them to be patience and they should come to the council offices so that we can see how fast we can fast track reconnection of water,” he said.

Tjuunduwa added that some of the house’s water can only be reconnected using a special magnet of the meters.

Source: Namibia Press Agency