PRESIDENTIAL constitutional advisor, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, said that the rehabilitation of Olushandja Water Dam has not yet commenced, due to financial constraints.
Zaamwani-Kamwi made these remarks during President Hage Geingob’s town hall meeting at in the Omusati Region on Tuesday.
She was giving feedback on the questions raised on the matter during 2015 series of presidential town hall meetings, following request to upgrade the water canal.
“Water is currently being pumped through Etaka Canal from Olushandja Dam to Uuvuthiya where many cattle graze,” said Zaamwani-Kamwi.
She noted that the idea of covering the Canal to reduce high rate of water evaporation, would not be possible to be done, as the Canal was built 52 years ago in 1966 and has thus outlived its lifespan.
“The canal is constantly under renovation to curb water leakage and waterweed growth,” she added.
Zaamwani-Kamwi stated that a new Canal would need small dams at agreed intervals to serve communities and livestock along the Canal route.
Omusati Governor, Erginus Endjala, pointed out that Namwater has pumped water into Etaka-Uuvudhiya canal to relief cattle owners in Omusati and Oshana Region.
He said water tank services continues to be provided to remote villages without piped water including those with defective and salty boreholes.