New Era (Windhoek)

29 January 2013

Namibia: Chotto, Cowboy Without Water

Windhoek — Three informal settlements in Katima Mulilo - Chotto, Mahohoma and Cowboy - were without potable water from Sunday until late yesterday.

A discontented resident who phoned New Era yesterday lamented the water crisis saying the situation was bad as children were planning to go and fetch water from the Zambezi River, which she said was dangerous because of the ever present danger of crocodiles.

"They did not inform us there would be no water. They did also not inform us what is wrong with the water supply," she said.

When contacted for comment, the Katima Mulilo Town Council's Chief Executive Officer, Charles Nawa, said the water problem was an emergency, therefore residents could not be informed "as if it is something the town council had planned".

"Our people should learn to differentiate between an emergency and something that has been planned," he said.

He further said the affected areas get water from a different source than the remainder of the town. Nawa said three booster pumps supply water to those settlements, but one has not been functional for some time.

"The remaining two also failed to operate on Sunday. The town council is working hard to restore the water, and progress has been made," Nawa said.

He assured residents of the affected areas that the water would most likely be restored by the end of yesterday.

He said the mayor has been informed about the situation, and the residents would be informed via the radio by the public relations officer by the end of the day about the water crisis.

In November 2011, the far northeastern town also ran out of water for almost two weeks, a situation which compelled residents to walk to the Zambezi River to draw untreated water.

The situation was said to have disrupted examination preparation at the University of Namibia (Unam) Katima Mulilo campus.

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