By Eliaser Ndeyanale
ANDRE Mostert a hydrologist from NamWater has urged Windhoek residents to abide by NamWater’s water management plan in order to promote the sustainable development of water resources.
Contributing to a presentation by NamWater on Monday night at the African drought conference in Windhoek, Mostert says some residents use water for luxury instead of using it sparingly.
“We use water for luxury. You find people at a gym washing their t-shirts on a running tap. We need to be water wise,” he said. Adding that the water crisis that is faced by the central area of the country is neither a NamWater problem nor a Namibian problem but a phenomenon of climate change which affects water supplies worldwide.
Mostert also reiterated the call he made earlier this year where he urged consumers to fix leaks in their houses and to make use buckets instead of hosepipes when washing their cars.
The call came at a time where City of Windhoek is threatening to cut off water for residents whose water consumption exceeds the mandated 40 cubic meters per month. Last month City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo that the exercise would remain in place throughout the water crisis period that would support water consumers by ensuring that a fair and continuous distribution of water could continue to all consumers.
A weekly dam bulletin released by NamWater on Monday revealed water levels in the central catchment dams; Swakoppoort 8.4, Von Bach 19.1 and Omatako 0.4 percent that provide the central areas such as Windhoek, Karibib and Okahandja.
The city also urged 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 metre daily or at least weekly. In this way no large leaks would require claiming. Also if consumers leave their property unattended for longer than 24 hours, it is recommended to close the main water, to avoid uncontrolled water leaks,” Amukugo said adding that those who will be found with water consumption exceeding the mandated limit will be fined N$2 000.
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