An earthen dam alleviates water shortage in Ozombouvapa

Zebaldt Ngaruka

EPUKIRO – Recent heavy rains in the Epukiro constituency in the Omaheke region brought relief to the Ozombouvapa water deprived settlement community.

The settlement suffered from water shortages for a period of seven years and depended on the neighboring villages of Otjimati and Okatuuo for daily water for both livestock and human consumption.

When New era When he visited the largest earthen dam at Epukiro, cattle were seen resting along the 300,000 cubic meter Ozombouvapa dam while villagers waited for the animals to arrive to drink and inspect them.

Village secretary Evalista Tjituka told this publication that the dam brought great relief to residents and life began to return to normal.

“We are relieved and give many thanks to the Almighty who blessed us with rains. At least now we don’t have to buy water from neighboring towns and we are saving the costs involved in transporting water from other places,” he stated.

The secretary added that they are now saving fuel for the water pump motors, and they are resting because there is enough water in the tanks.

Tjituka said the village has three wells, but they cannot supply water to the entire settlement which comprises 36 farms.

“We spend a lot on water. Our engines had mechanical problems and were very expensive to maintain. Lastly, we are now saving some money from cattle payments in the bank, which has been dry for a long period,” he added.

When asked what other challenges the settlement faces, Tjituka said the water point fences need to be repaired after they were destroyed during the water shortage season.

“We made appointments from our local population here in Ozombouvapa, especially the youth, to benefit from this project,” he said.

The other challenge facing the settlement is the increase in cattle rustling in the area, which the secretary said is due to the fact that cattle are not returning home as there is enough water in the earthen dam and large ponds. such as Erindi Ramoro, Ongootura, Maraspeke and Erindi Romipanda, among others, who still have water.

“The theft will continue and those ponds are the target of thieves. Our prey is the access point for them. It is time for neighboring villages to collaborate and save their livestock, and known criminals are always on horseback day and night,” Tjituka said angrily.

She narrated the latest incident, in which three cows belonging to Ozombouvapa residents were found decapitated and no arrests have been made so far.

He urged residents of the settlement to continue paying their monthly dues for livestock to help the village when a difficult period comes.

“Since the rain poured down, I have noticed a reduction in payment, but that will lead us back into the mud as we don’t know when our dam will dry up. Let’s cooperate on that aspect to be safe.”

Thomas Shapange said the latest rain brought him great relief as the condition of his cattle is now better.

“We were transporting cattle to neighboring Otjimati in search of water, and most of the cattle lost their body conditions. Some even died during that difficult period, but now God helped us,” Shapange said.

He added that the challenge now will be to control stock theft.

“Criminals target these dams and ponds to kill our livestock. We don’t have to sleep and winter is their favorite because the meat doesn’t rot,” he stated.

Another resident, Kapukuse Joe Tjozongoro, said the dam is full but needs to be checked to conserve water for a longer period.

He said the agreement suffered greatly and the government’s efforts are slow. Therefore, something needs to be done about the water problems in Ozombouvapa.

“I am still afraid of how difficult the moment will be, since we do not know how long this water will be preserved. Our councilors and community leaders must think of lasting solutions to our village’s water problems,” Tjozongoro appealed.

Ozombouvapa is located about 48 kilometers north of the capital, Omaueuozonjanda.

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