Plans to construct Ruacana South Water Supply scheme underway

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform plans to construct the Ruacana South Water Supply Scheme to improve the water security situation in Namibia, as well as improve existing infrastructure.

This was said by the Deputy Minister of the Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Anna Shiweda during the official handover of Okauwa water pumps in the Kunene Region on Wednesday.

Roads Authority in partnership with the Road Fund Administration (RFA) jointly took up the initiative as part of their corporate social responsibility in response to calls towards the National Drought Emergency declared by President Hage Geingob on 27 March 2019.

The two institutions jointly committed N.dollars 12 million, from which N.dollars 8 million was availed for the installation of 41 boreholes across 10 regions of the country, with Okauwa’s borehole being solar-powered.

Shiweda told Nampa on the side-lines of the event that the Ruacana South pipeline will supply piped water to communities in Kunene and Omusati and pass through Orutjandja West, Onesi, Okaambola and Omakange to Opuwo.

She said the pipeline will pass through the Karuheke canal through Orutjandja West to Onesi joining the Ruacana-Kamanjab road to Okambora and then to Omakange, towards Opuwo.

Shiweda further confirmed to this news agency that the ministry secured more than N.dollars 1 billion from the African Development Bank for the construction of the pipelines.

The minister, however, could not say when the project will kick off, but said preparations for the tender process have started.

She also noted that sourced funds are not just for the Ruacana project. The ministry will also use a portion of it for the upgrading and extension of the Oshakati Water Treatment Plant and the Rundu Purification Plant.

Besides supplying water to both regions, Shiweda said the project will also create employment.

Source: Namibia Press Agency