By Eliaser Ndeyanale
WINDHOEK residents whose water consumption exceeds the mandated 40 cubic meters per month will have their water cut off, City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo has said.
Speaking at a press conference held at the municipality on Friday last week, Amukugo also urged residents to change their water consumption habits by all means or the city will run out of water this month.
He said the process to disconnect high household consumers was based on the water supply regulation, chapter 2, ‘Prevention of undue water consumption’. According to Amukugo the process has a variety of benefits, which include that account details are updated, accounts are rectified and water is consumed responsibly.
“The programme will remain in place throughout the water crisis period that will support water consumers by ensuring that a fair and continuous distribution of water can continue to all consumers,” he said.
The implementation of the City’s water-saving measures comes at a time when the capital faces a major water crisis. A dam bulletin released by NamWater on Monday revealed that the water levels in the central catchment dams, Swakoppoort 8.6, Von Bach 19.4 and Omatako 0.7 percent that provide the central areas with water, recorded at 10.4 percent of capacity. He also reiterated the call for residents to take note that, the rebate programme for water leaks had been stopped. Rebates provided the opportunity to obtain the balance between the second tariff level and upper water tariff level of high consumption resulting from water leakages.
“This rebated refund is not supported during the water crisis period. This is based on the principle that consumers have to manage and monitor their water consumption by reading the water meter daily or at least weekly. In this way no large leaks would require claiming. Also if consumers leave there property unattended for longer than 24 hours, it is recommended to close the main water, to avoid uncontrolled water leaks.” Amukugo cautioned that those who will be found with water consumption exceeding the mandated limit will be given a fine of N$2 000.
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