Rains make little difference to Whk water crisis

17 Dec 2015 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – Although Windhoek recently received some rain, the water crisis remains unaffected.
City of Windhoek (CoW) Manager: Corporate Communication, Marketing, Tourism and Customer Care, Joshua Amukugo said this at a media briefing in the capital on Thursday.
The CoW at the beginning of December announced that the persistent drought has left the municipality with no other option but to announce a water crisis in relation to the City’s drought management plan.
A number or measures were introduced such as watering of gardens being restricted to trees, shrubs and perennials once every second week; while the watering of lawns, flowers, and vegetables is strictly prohibited.
Windhoek residents are also not allowed to wash their cars at home, while pool covers are mandatory and no further filling of private pools is allowed.
Fines will be issued to residents who fail to comply with the rules.
Amukugo said since the announcement was made, the CoW has received overwhelming support from individuals and various institutions.
“We would like to commend the public for supporting us and understanding the predicament we find ourselves in as a city,” he said.
He added that a 25 per cent decrease in the consumption of water has been noted. This can however also be attributed to the fact that many people have left Windhoek on holiday.
“The reality is that no visible reduction was obtained under the normal scenario over the past three months and we hope the declaration of the water crisis will make a visible difference,” Amukugo said.
He said the municipality will prioritise actions where optimal saving can be achieved such as the disconnecting of all irrigation areas using potable water and intensified focus on enforcing water saving by-laws.