By Marianne Nghidengwa
WALVIS Bay Mayor, Immanuel Wilfried has urged residents to stop tampering with the town’s sewage network after flooding in the vicinity of the Central Pump Station in Kuisebmond recently. The mayor made these remarks during an ordinary council meeting recently.
He said that although the source of the problem is the high volume of sand and garbage that ended up in the sewage network, regular increase of litter such as rags, fishing nets and an assortment of other materials severely compromised the network.
“A further complication is that additional sand and other solids had entered the sewer network during the last rainfall episode when some residents illegally opened the sewage manholes to drain water from their properties,” Wilfried said.
“This led to the overflow of sewage which flooded the area in question. The good news is that the pump sump has been cleaned during a week-long period that ended on 18 June, and the rest of the clean-up process and restoration of the area to its original state should be done within the next few weeks. We thank the residents for their understanding in this regard, but we would also like to caution residents not to compromise the sewage network through illegal activities,” he continued.
Wilfried also expressed concern over the increase of crime in the coastal town, especially incidents of house break-ins.
“A lot has been said about the increase in crime, especially violent crime, and the correlation between the state of the economy and law-breaking activities.”
According to Wilfried: “While the existence of such a correlation is probably to be confirmed or rejected by various academic experts, what is in fact very visible within our communities is the increased boldness shown by criminals to break into people’s properties and clean them out, so to speak.”
“It is high-time time for our communities to become bolder than the criminals by regenerating the neighbourhood watch groups and other methods to get rid of the criminals. Let us look out for one another and report any suspicious behaviour to the law-enforcement agencies. As Council, we also hope to contribute to fighting crime through the provision of CCTV cameras in strategic places.”
Wilfried further indicated that during July, council will focus on the removal of car wrecks all over the coastal town to keep it clean.
“From the 01 until the 31 July, the municipality will remove your car wreck free of charge. The essence of this particular campaign, which will be publicised soon, compels residents to provide proof of ownership of the car or machinery that needs to be removed.
“Owners will be expected to sign a waiver and declaration form and indicate the site of the car wreck. After this period, those who continue to break the law by dumping car wrecks will be prosecuted under the relevant legislation. So once again, let us all cooperate to ensure a clean and healthy Walvis Bay.”
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