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The Kunene Regional Council's Ohamaremba-Okanguati water supply project, meant to provide quality water to residents of Okanguati settlement and surrounding areas, is well on track.

The project involves the drilling of six boreholes at Ohamaremba village and the installation of 160-millimetre polyvinyl chloride water pipelines for over 15 kilometres from that village to Okanguati.

The project was implemented in 2016, but due to inadequate budget allocation, it has been moving at a snail's pace.

The office of the Prime Minister, however, stepped in and fully funded Phase 3 of the project at the cost of N$27,6 million.

The project is now in its final stage and is expected to be completed in February next year.

The Director of Development Planning in Kunene Regional Council, Emmanuel Nafele, says residents of Okanguati settlement have been dependent on water from hand-dug wells, while some were getting it from boreholes.

Come March next year, residents will have their own clean drinking water.

"As we are speaking now, the construction of the pipeline has been completed, and they have reached Okanguati. Now the contractor is just finalising the construction of the water towers, the water pump stations, and the electrical works."

The whole project cost the government close to N$40 million, with the third phase coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with the Kunene Regional Council.

Okanguati residents commended the government for making an effort to deliver potable water to remote areas, saying they had waited too long.

 

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Tonateni Haimbodi