Water is available but use sparingly: CoW

11 Jul 2015 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has assured residents that no one will go thirsty, as the municipality has put measures in place to avoid any water shortages.
Mayor Muesee Kazapua said this in a speech read on his behalf after a ministerial site visit to the Windhoek Artificial Recharge Aquifer on Friday. The aquifer is located opposite the roadblock near the Heroes’ Acre, south of the capital.
“We have measures in place. The CoW assures residents that no one will go thirsty in terms of our water supply. We are experiencing a problem of drought, not only in the city but the entire country. Residents should use water wisely as every drop counts,” he noted.
Kazapua said the City is also initiating some campaigns on how to save water.
Windhoek is experiencing water shortages due to poor rainfall received during the past rainy season.
Last month, the City warned residents that it will penalise households using more than 50 cubic metres per month. The CoW also announced in March this year that it will be able to provide sufficient water to its residents only until the middle of next year if dams supplying the city with water are not replenished in the meantime.
At the time, it was projected that the Von Bach Dam would be able to supply the city with water up to the middle of June 2016 before it runs dry, while the Swakoppoort Dam would only be able to supply water until the end of July 2016. This situation is expected to change if it rains. The three dams supplying the city are Omatako, Von Bach and Swakoppoort.
The municipality has on numerous occasions cautioned residents of the critical water shortage, and despite numerous pleas to save water by drastically cutting down on excessive water usage, the pleas appear to be falling on deaf ears as the consumption continues unabated.
The CoW has cautioned residents that the critical situation needs to be taken seriously.