City announces water crisis

03 Dec 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 DEC (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has announced a water crisis.
In a statement issued by the Office of the CoW Chief Executive Officer on Wednesday, the City announced that the persistent drought has left the municipality little choice but to announce a water crisis in relation to the City’s Drought Management Plan.
“The water crisis will have a significant impact on the residents of Windhoek and as a result we announce with immediate effect the strict enforcement of the following: watering of gardens is restricted to trees, shrubs and perennials once every second week; and watering of lawns, flowers, vegetables, etc. is strictly prohibited.
“No washing of cars at home, other than utilising certified car washes (establishments); no watering of public parks and sport fields unless through an approved semi-purified irrigation water connection; pool covers are mandatory and no further filling of private pools are allowed; no water features, fountains, ponds, etc. are to be operated and filled.”
The statement also made it clear that fines will be issued to residents failing to comply with these strict enforcements. The fine is N.dollars 2 000 on being found guilty of any contravention to the water supply regulations.
The CoW has early this month raised the concern that since the year 2000, the demand for water has increased by 33 per cent.
Spokesperson Joshua Amukugo said Windhoek residents this year reached a peak of water consumption in May 2015, consuming about 38 per cent more than the target of 1,780 million cubic metres.
NamWater has cautioned citizens since 2013 that water reserves will last until September 2016 if there is no inflow into the country’s dams during the current rainy season. After that date, water supply from boreholes, water recycling and the canal from the north of the country will only be sufficient to satisfy about half the demand.