Pipeline to Solve the Oshikoto Water Crisis: Nambondi

Okankolo constituency councillor Hans Nambodi said that replacing the water pipeline between Ondangwa and Omutsegonime will solve the water crisis in his and the whole Oshikoto region. Nambodi said that his constituency has been experiencing a water crisis for a long time, and the project recently launched to replace a water pipeline will have an excellent impact if completed. “We are suffering here to access clean water. We only get tap water during the rainy season, and the last time we got clean water was a long time in February. 

“So, it is good news that the government, through NamWater is embarking on this project. It is a good project and will benefit us more upon completion, so I am pleading with NamWater to fasten the project,” Nambodi added.

Oshikoto is facing a lack of clean water accessibility, and many residents in the region are using boreholes, wells, and other sources of dirty water for survival. Replacing the Ondangwa-Omutsegwonime pipeline will be an advantage to the area as it will increase water pressure. Nambodi added that the boreholes in Oshikoto have salt water, and the residents need help to drink water from boreholes.

“Not all villages are having boreholes. Boreholes are there but we are not using them because of salt water and our people are travelling long distances to the nearest boreholes with water that can be consumed,” Nambodi said.

Emilia Tobias, a resident of Ongaka village, doubts that the pipeline will bring about recent changes. She said that they have taps in their houses, but they only get clean water when it is raining. “Like this year we did not get clean water because it did not rain. We get water during the rainy season because our animals used to drink in pans and wells. So, there will be a new improvement and if it happens that will be a good thing,” Tobias said.

Tobias further added that they do not have boreholes in her village, and they only have wells as their source of water, which is far from their houses. ‘We use donkey carts when we fetch water due to long distances. It is sad that even if we have taps in our houses, we still must get dirty water somewhere far from our houses,” Tobias added.