N$ 1,1 million water tower on the cards

The tower can provide solutions to residents' water concerns.

19 November 2018 | Local News

Clive Jones; Wlotzkasbaken Homeowners Association chairperson; “The problem is that some of the tanks are standing open and can be contaminated by animals and animal droppings.

The Erongo regional council has approved the construction of a new water tower for Wlotzkasbaken to the tune of N$1 134 364 at its recently held monthly meeting.

The chairperson of the Wlotzkasbaken Homeowners Association, Clive Jones, via email wrote to the Erongo regional council stating his concerns about the current water tower as well as the danger it poses to the community.

Jones said a serious risk of somebody getting hurt exists and that the surrounding houses could be damaged due to the sorry state of the water tanks.

“The tanks are in a very bad state in any case and will need some refurbishment as soon as possible or should be replaced completely. We also received a call from a homeowner who is concerned about the quality of the water and would like to have it checked as well. The problem is that some of the tanks are standing open and that they can be contaminated by animals and animal droppings.”

This led to a team consisting of a works inspector, the control administrative officer of the Arandis constituency office, an engineer and architect visiting the site. They verified that the current tower has a crack which might lead to its collapse.

Wlotzkasbaken has been declared as settlement and the administration of it is under the Erongo regional council. Any settlement is to be administered as if it is a local authority being guided by the local authority act, no 23 of 1992, and as amended except certain provisions of the act.

However, the set-up that was found in Wlotzkasbaken is unique. The water tower houses six tanks which supply water to 117 occupied erven via a water truck.



Annual bids

The design for an upgraded water tower with a store room underneath was subsequently completed. The costs of annual submitted bids took into consideration the dynamics of the soil in Wlotz-kasbaken and amounts to N$1 031 240.73.

With this in mind and since the annual bids have already lapsed, a 10% escalation in fees is being added to the cost estimates of N$1 134 364.03 (10% being N$113 436.48. An amount of N$18 111 479.73 is available from the Wlotzkasbaken call account.

The Erongo regional council recommended that the funds to be used for the construction of the water tower and storeroom be defrayed from the Wlotzkasbaken account.

In the last few years Wlotzkasbaken has had a number of developments.

These include erven with buildings being sold and transferred to pre-emptive right holders as well as a feasibility study for service delivery being compiled and presented to the regional council's management.

Other developments include a proposal being made to the regional council for the subdivision of the vacant plots as well as quotations being received for the compilation of a town planning scheme.

Currently Wlotzkasbaken has 258 erven, of which 117 are occupied and have been sold to building owners. The rest of the erven are to be subdivided so as to be sold to prospective habitants.

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