OSHAKATI: The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform has said 91.7 per cent of households in Namibia have access to potable water.

The ministry’s Executive Director, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata during the opening of the ministry’s annual performance review workshop at Oshakati on Monday, said a number of activities during the current financial year contributed to this figure.

These include the construction of 12 new earth dams – five in the Ohangwena Region, four in Oshana, two in Kavango West, and one in Hardap.

The ministry has also constructed three new pipelines and rehabilitated three short pipelines; rehabilitated 47 existing water points; cleaned 34 existing boreholes, connected 815 private off-takes (POTs); drilled 146 new boreholes, and installed 82 newly drilled boreholes.

‘The ministry has further constructed 94 sanitation facilities – 88 in Oshikoto, four in Oshana, and two in Kavango East,’ Nghituwamata said.

With regards to bulk water supply, Nghituwamata stated that progress on ongoing
bulk water supply pipelines includes the construction of the Onamatanga pipeline, which is 55 per cent completed, and the Okanguati-Ohamaremba pipeline which is 94 per cent completed.

Meanwhile, Oshana Governor Elia Irimari said they are making progress with the construction of seven earth dams that are being carried out at a cost of N.dollars 8 million.

There are also a few ongoing water projects in the region to address the scarcity of water as a result of the prolonged drought.

The performance review workshop will end on Friday.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

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