Walvis Bay municipality purchases combination sewer truck

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The Municipality of Walvis Bay has added a state of the art combination sewer truck to its fleet of sewer trucks.

The truck that cost N$6 million has a capacity of 12 500 litres.

It will be used for cleaning and maintenance of sewer lines and pump stations around the town.

It is the first of its kind to be imported to Namibia from South Africa, with branded logos and illustrations that educate residents about sewer systems.

The municipality’s liquid waste standby number is also printed for residents to call in times of emergency.

It will be operated by 13 employees, who received intensive training.

The truck already started operations on Monday.

Walvis Bay corporate communications officer Anita Kaihiva, however, said on Tuesday that although the truck is a welcome addition to the sewer challenge at the town, solving the problem mainly depends on the residents.

“The challenge will not cease if residents continue to dump unwanted material into the sewerage system. Sewer abuse continues to be the number one cause of sewerage blockages in Walvis Bay. The liquid section handles numerous complaints of sewer blockages and sewerage overflows in residential areas that are primarily caused by sewer abuse on a weekly basis. Residents dump material into the system, that need to be dumped in bins, like televisions, school bags, hair and nappies amongst others,” she said.

Kaihiva urged residents to dispose of items that are not fit for the sewage system in dustbins.

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