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Water still a scarcity at Omatjete

Water still a scarcity at Omatjete

Marthina Mutanga

A BOARDING school in Ovihitua, situated 80km northwest of Omaruru near Omatjete in the Erongo Region, had to send learners back home indefinitely after water supply interruptions.

The Ovihitua Primary School has almost 80 learners from grades one to three, most of who also make use of the school’s hostel.

The learners have, however, been missing classes for weeks after the underground water levels of the boreholes at the boarding school dropped, leaving the school without running water.

Some parents have even resorted to permanently removing their children from the school due to the water crisis and have enrolled them elsewhere.

Chairperson of the Zeraua Traditional Authority, Fabianus Uaseuapuani, said the school and the clinic in Omatjete have also been affected by the water crisis.

According to Uaseuapuani, water supply interruptions to the residents of Omatjete in the Daures Constituency have been an issue for the past 10 years.

Musheko Jona, spokesperson for the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, acknowledged the problem, but said that they are working on a plan to permanently supply water to Omatjete from Omungambu given the poor quality of the water in the area.

Musheko added that his ministry is hopeful that this will all be in place by next year as they are simply finalising the procurement process.

The budget to rehabilitate the boreholes in the area is N$5 million.

“The boreholes will be tapped from Omungambu, and transported via pipeline to Omatjete,” explained Musheko, adding that currently they are supplying water to Omatjete with tankers only.

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