15 Oct 2015 13:40pm
CORRECTION: STORY CORRECTS QUOTE IN THIRD-LAST PARA, WHICH INCORRECTLY STATED THAT LEAKS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE LAC.
WINDHOEK, 13 OCT (NAMPA) - The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) has called on Namibians to realise their right and responsibility for water by uniting in conserving the precious resource during the current drought period.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday by the LAC said while this is not the first drought to affect Namibia, the increasing population and urbanisation are resulting in more pressure being placed on the water reserves in Windhoek in particular.
It further said the Namibian Constitution provides for the right to human dignity and part of this right is to access safe, sufficient and affordable water. However, this right goes hand in hand with a responsibility to use water appropriately, which applies, to every person in the country.
We will soon face significant shortages. Even though individual home owners may not use a significant amount of water, we can all still make efforts to save water, reads the statement.
At the other end of the scale, the LAC also called on businesses that use large amounts of water to implement protocols for the best utilisation of water.
A key responsibility for water conservation is the elimination of water wastage, meaning leaking taps or pipes should be fixed.
The statement said the current water crisis has highlighted the need for short and long-term changes to be implemented to address the situation.
One short-term change we can all address is reducing and eliminating water wastage. We urge all people to report leaks, and the LAC calls on the relevant municipal authorities to implement a rapid response to cases whenever they are reported, it said.
Windhoek has approximately 350 000 residents but faces service delivery challenges due to the growth of informal settlements on the outskirts of the city.
According to the municipality, approximately 500 to 600 people move to Windhoek every month, erect shacks and then require sanitation, running water and electricity supply.
If a staff member is aware of a leak in a public place, they should contact the local government office. For the City of Windhoek, call the Department of Infrastructure at (061) 290 2402.