MOST of the water provision projects in the Omaheke Region funded under the 2019/2020 Drought Relief Programme, which has been experiencing serious delays, have been completed.
By the end of October 2020, a total of 21 boreholes were drilled at a cost of N$3,5 million in both communal and resettlement areas in all constituencies in the region, except for Gobabis, where drilling of two boreholes is still pending.
Eight more boreholes will still to be drilled at the Otjombinde (3), Otjinene (3), and Okorukambe (2) constituencies.
Tauno Iileka, Senior Public Relations Office at the Omaheke Town Council, stated that 23 existing boreholes have been installed with solar pumps at a total cost of N$2 million in all constituencies, excluding Otjombinde and Otjinene where seven boreholes are still to be installed either with solar or submersible pumps.
Iileka further stated that 15 more boreholes in other constituencies will also be installed.
“The Omaheke Regional Council further bought materials, such as stationary engines, tanks, pipes, and mechanical pumps, to supply water at various water points in all constituencies, excluding Okorukambe and Gobabis where materials are currently being ordered from suppliers. More materials have been ordered for the Otjombinde constituency. The materials for the whole region were bought at a total cost of N$4,5 million,” Iileka said.
He added that outstanding water provision projects are expected to cost N$4 million, which includes siting, drilling, testing, and installation of boreholes.
The Regional Council received a total of N$14.7 million from the Office of the Prime Minister in October and November last year to drill and rehabilitate boreholes in the region. This was in response to a nationwide state of emergency due to drought, which was extended to March this year.