Temporary sanitation solution almost ready for Swakopmund residents

In an effort to find a short-term solution to improve sanitation in the informal settlements at Swakopmund, the municipality is nearing the completion of seven sanitation centres.

According to the municipality’s spokesperson Linda Mupupa in a recent media communique, this is a solution while attempts are being made to provide complete access to sewer services.

“The sewerage network and several pump stations have been experiencing a disruption in their operations and function, which has resulted in sewage flooding the streets and even properties,” Mupupa noted.

The main areas that experience a continuous occurrence of flooding are the Germina N Shitaleni Multi-purpose Centre, Daureb Street, Naukluft Street, Olivia Haufiku Street in Mondesa, McHugh Street in the industrial area and various pump stations throughout Swakopmund.

According to Mupupa, the disruption in the function of the sewerage network and the operations of the pump stations is the result of sand, rocks and other foreign objects being deposited into the sewer network.

“This results in blockage of pipes and causes damage to the impellers and motors of the pumps and in order to address the sewerage problems and improve the function of the sewer network, the municipality has implemented a sewerage programme.”

As part of the measures for this, a new mobile sludge pump was procured, mid-block sewer lines in the Mondesa and Tamariskia suburbs relocated, and contractors appointed to attend to the maintenance of pump stations; namely the pumps, sumps/sand traps and electronic and electrical equipment.

Mupupa stated that the Municipality of Swakopmund is committed to the delivery of safe, efficient, affordable services and infrastructure to all and has adopted a five-year strategic plan to ensure key projects and decisions are implemented.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency