Brown water safe for consumption: CoW

WINDHOEK: The City of Windhoek (CoW) has confirmed the change in tap water to a brown shade in some areas of the capital, saying it is safe for consumption and is a result of the utilisation of boreholes to supplement supply.

In an interview with Nampa on Monday, CoW Spokesperson Harold Akwenye said the change experienced by some residents, particularly in areas like Windhoek West and Eros, is due to the natural mineral composition of the water from boreholes, which can differ from the usual water supply.

‘Despite the change in colour, it’s essential to assure residents that the water remains safe for consumption,’ he said.

Akwenye explained that CoW adheres to strict quality control measures to ensure that the water supplied to residents meets national drinking water standards, noting that while the brownish tint may be aesthetically unappealing, it does not compromise the safety or quality of the water.

He added that it is important for residents to understand that the current drought conditions have ne
cessitated the activation of alternative water sources, such as boreholes, to mitigate the impact of water shortages.

‘The City of Windhoek is actively working to address the issue and is continuously monitoring water quality to ensure the well-being of its residents. Residents are encouraged to report any concerns about water quality to the relevant authorities for prompt investigation and resolution,’ he noted.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency