City of Windhoek urges residents to save water
31 Dec 2014 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 31 DEC (NAMPA) ¬Ė The City of Windhoek (CoW) has called on residents to reduce their water usage by at least 10 per cent to ease pressure on the city¬ís low water reservoirs.
The city¬ís public relations officer (PRO), Lydia Amutenya issued a statement on Monday, saying the capital city will face a water shortage problem in 2015, if residents do not immediately reduce their water consumption levels.
Amutenya said the Namibia Water Corporation (Namwater) supplies Windhoek with a monthly quota of water which should sustain the reservoirs only until June 2015. The remainder of the city¬ís water comes from boreholes that are normally reserved for use during times of droughts.
¬ďAlready this month, Windhoek residents have consumed 10 per cent of the water earmarked for 2015,¬Ē she said.
Amutenya added that Namibia is a dry country with erratic rainfall patterns, which makes water a limited resource.
¬ďAlthough we had a reasonably good rainy season, the inflow of water into the dams that are supplying Windhoek is insufficient,¬Ē she noted.
She said the current dam levels of the three main dams supplying the capital city with water are very low, with a total collective volume of only 46 per cent.
Von Bach is currently at 57 per cent; Swakopport 61 per cent while Omatako is at 12 per cent of full capacity.
¬ďIf Windhoek experiences low rainfall, it will lead to a serious water shortage crisis,¬Ē Amutenya warned.
The city¬ís public relations officer stressed that residents must save water to ensure a sustainable future for Windhoek.