Potable water for Oshidute community through new borehole

The Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia responded to President Hage Geingob's call on all Namibians, whether individuals or cooperation, to assist those in dire need or heavily affected by the prevailing drought situation.

It responded to the call by investing N.dollars 2.5 million to rehabilitate a borehole, owned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in the Ohangwena Region's Oshidute area, and converted it from a monitoring to a water supply borehole with a pipeline extending to 23-kilometres.

This pipeline extension is from Oshidute in the Epembe Constituency to the neighbouring Oshikunde Constituency, which is said to be without a borehole so far.

The Oshidute borehole extension is covering the communities of Oshidute, Ohakafiya, through Omwii, and Oshikunde villages.

Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta on Monday visited the borehole site to assess the progress on the extension and expressed satisfaction after told by the councillor of Epembe Constituency Phillipus Shikongo that several local communities, like at Oshidute and Omwii/Ohakafiya, are receiving water since the past week.

According to Shifeta, the borehole is drilled 320-metres into the much-talked about Ohangwena Region aquafer, it extract 12 cubic water per hour by using solar energy and once completed it would provide free-of-charge clean water to 7 500 people in the area.

Shifeta encouraged the beneficiaries to take ownership of the borehole, take good care of it and its infrastructure by ensuring that no vandalism is taking place.

We are happy that we are also now provided with clean water, which we did not test since the country's independence year, said one of the villagers, Onesmus August, who claimed that the local communities depended only on dirty water from the traditional wells.

The EIF funds other similar boreholes in the Omusati Region, 16 in Tsandi and 24 in the Onesi and Ruacana areas.

Source: Namibia Press Agency