No set water targets for Gobabis

16 September 2019 | Disasters

Gobabis • Elvira Hattingh

There are no fixed water targets that residents of Gobabis are required to save at the moment, although underground sources are currently being used to sustain the town.
However, these sources are projected to last for only the next two years.
The spokesperson of the Gobabis municipality, Fredrick Ueitele, said that the municipality’s technical department was tasked by their council to look at what measures can be taken to save water. “Also, NamWater is currently keeping night checks in all suburbs to try and find out where exactly water leakages and water losses occur.
“No water restrictions have been enforced yet, because we are awaiting instructions from NamWater. We are in constant consultation with them,” he said.
Ueitele added that the Gobabis municipality encourages residents to save as much water as possible.
He was responding to questions posed to his office after the town’s residents complained that the Gobabis municipality doesn’t respond to leakages promptly when reported and also that water is being wasted wetting the lawn at the Legare stadium.
“The photos shown of people wetting the grass – the water comes from a borehole that is exclusively used for irrigation purposes and is not fit for human consumption. Also, the water pump at Legare was out of order and people who rented the field, resorted to using a hosepipe. The situation is back to normal and sprinklers are now used to water the grass,” he confirmed.
Ueitele added that the municipality of Gobabis responds promptly when informed about leakages and other water problems. “The municipality has never ignored any water problem reported. We always have a team on standby to attend to any water-related issue.
“We have a well-equipped water team, albeit few in numbers. If needed, we call up employees from other departments if the problem is big and more manpower is needed to rectify the situation.”
Ueitele said for water-related queries, residents can call 081 441 0745. “The water team leader is Innocent Uamunika.”
Ueitele said the monthly water consumption in Gobabis is 81 000 m³ and the boreholes supply 82 000 m³. He explained that at the moment there is no water rationing in Gobabis. “Rationing was stopped in February this year. Since the discontinuation of water supply from the Otjivero dam, Gobabis reservoir get water from 17 boreholes in the Omaheke region. The dams no longer supply any water and we are entirely dependent on the boreholes,” Ueitele said.

The Gobabis municipality says NamWater is conducting night checks in all suburbs to establish where exactly water leakages and water losses occur. Photo contributed.

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