Rains had little effect on Windhoek water crisis

27 Jan 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – The three main dams that supply water to Windhoek are yet to register favourable water levels, despite the heavy downpour over the capital last week.
All three dams supplying Windhoek only received a combined boost of 4 per cent to their water levels.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, City of Windhoek (CoW) Manager for Corporate Communications, Joshua Amukugo said the rains experienced over the capital city thus fur have had little effect on the scarcity of water in the capital.
Windhoek sources its water from the Swakoppoort Dam, located 50 kilometres outside Okahandja; Von Bach Dam, and the Omatako Dam - both also located in the Okahandja District.
Swakoppoort received 1.5 per cent increase of water; Von Bach Dam got a 2 per cent boost; while only a 0.5 per cent increase in water level was observed in the Omatako Dam.
According to Amukungo, these figures are too low to make a consderable dent in the water crisis facing the city.
“The fact of the matter is that the main dams supplying water to our main supplier are still empty. They complement our underground reserves and in light of that, they remain below the 30 per cent mark,” said Amukugo.
He urged Windhoek residents to use water sparingly and to adhere to the regulations that were introduced by the city last year.
“The water restrictions are still effective and people must still refrain from watering their gardens and washing their cars - especially for car wash businesses. They should use the bucket instead because the water crisis is still ongoing,” he said.
Windhoek received one of its highest rainfalls on 20 January, when it recorded some 64.1 millimetres (mm) of rain over a 24-hour period.
The highest ever recorded rainfall for Windhoek stands at 86.4mm, which was recorded in January 1936.