N.dollars 2 000 fine for wasting water

18 Apr 2016 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Windhoek residents found to waste water will be fined N.dollars 2 000 or will have their water supply suspended.
This is according to a media statement issued by the City of Windhoek on Monday.
In the statement, the City’s Public Relations Officer Lydia Amutenya warned that the watering of lawns, flowers and vegetable gardens, as well as the washing of private vehicles at home is strictly prohibited.
“Only certified commercial car washes are permitted… Pool covers are mandatory and no filling of private pools is allowed. No water features, fountains or ponds are to be operated or filled. Perpetrators risk suspension of water supply and a penalty of N.dollars 2 000,” she cautioned.
One person per household is allowed to use 90 litres per day. Someone who has a full-day job is allowed to use 20 litres of water per day, while someone who works half a day and students may only use 15 litres of water per day.
Flushing a toilet once uses at least nine litres of water, while the average shower uses about 22 litres of water per minute.
Also prohibited is outdoor watering and irrigation; watering of lawns and grass covered areas and watering of sport fields including golf courses and parks/public gardens, unless semi-purified water is used. Trees, shrubs and perennials may only be watered once every second week under controlled conditions.
No automatic irrigation is allowed, and the cleaning of streets or paved areas with water is also not allowed.
For commercial or industrial purposes, laundromats should enforce water saving programmes, while barbers and hairdressers have also been asked to reduce water consumption.
For the construction industry, only semi-purified water for earth works is allowed and it is expected of them to apply best practices with regards to not wasting water.
The City is also encouraging the reusing and recycling of water during the water crisis. Daily meter readings will be required and broken pipes should be repaired to stop unnecessary leakages.