20 Apr 2016 15:20pm
MARIENTAL, 20 APR (NAMPA) Hardap Governor Esme Isaack says water users should pay for water they use.
Speaking on Wednesday at the stakeholders consultative workshop on the Community Based Management (CBM) Strategy and Water Supply Subsidy Review, Isaack called on rural communities and town residents to honour water payments to their respective authorities.
Municipalities have to pay bulk water supplier NamWater, so residents must pay for the water they use. It is costly to get the water to users and money is needed to recover this cost. Services are not free, she said.
Isaack said she appreciated talks of the proposed water supply subsidy.
This will help make it easier for poor and vulnerable communities to afford this basic service, she said.
The subsidy was approved by Government in 2007.
Cavin Mwinga, head of policy review in the MAWF, said subsidy discussions are in their early stages where mechanisms have to be found to define and identify vulnerable people who will qualify.
The CBM Strategy was developed in 1997 and the MAWF is conducting regional workshops to review and update this policy and to discuss the proposed water subsidy.
Director of Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination Leonard Niipare said the strategy ensures the full involvement of communities who are expected to manage, operate and carry out minor maintenance on the water point infrastructure.
Water and development are intrinsically linked, there is nothing without water, hence communities and the country at large cannot achieve development and improve their living conditions without water, he said.
The two-day meeting in Mariental was attended by farmers, water committee members and local and traditional authorities from Hardap, //Kharas and Omaheke.
It ends on Thursday.