By Johannes Hangula
EVEN though extremely grateful for the rains that continue to fall in some parts of our country, thus far; Namibia did not receive good rains, for the last three consecutive raining seasons.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MWAF), John Mutorwa who was welcoming the French Ambassador to Namibia, Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni who was accompanied by the representatives from G2C, a French engineering company that deals with hydraulics and environment management, to discuss a proposed project that will essentially contribute towards prudent water resource management and water supply security in Namibia.
According to Mutorwa, Bassa-Mazzoni approached NamWater and MWAF’s water department in 2016 and informed them that; the French government is willing to fund a study, which will look at numerous expensive and extensive pipelines of NamWater. The study will identify leaks along those pipelines as they are contributing to the massive and unnecessary but unavoidable water wastages.
“The idea being that; there are French companies, like the one whose representatives are with us today, who have the expertise and technology of detecting leaks, along any pipelines to enable repairs to be effected speedily and timeously. Most of the time, pipelines are running underground and especially if the leak is small or the pipeline is deep, that leak may not be visible and can therefore go undetected for a long time.
“The idea of leak detection was accepted and NamWater was requested to identify pipelines where this technology of leak detection can be applied. NamWater identified three pipelines; Von Bach-Windhoek, Omatako-Von Bach pipeline and Naute Keetmanshoop. The first and last pipelines convey clean drinkable water and the second one, namely Omatako- Von Bach pipeline carries raw water,” Mutorwa added.
Concept notes that were prepared for each pipeline by officials from NamWater and MWAF provide the rationale why these pipelines needed to be tested for leaks and further highlighted the importance of these pipelines in the process of supplying water to the nation as well as to industries, fauna and flora. Mutorwa confirmed that these concept notes were taken through diplomatic channels from the Namibian government to the French government and the French agreed to fund G2C to carry out the job.
If the G2C team detects any leaks on the above mentioned pipelines, NamWater is expected to buy pipes, in order to replace the leaking portions of pipelines and alternatively the water corporation will repair the leaking portions along those pipelines.
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