Water saving targets not reached

20 Jul 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) – Water saving initiatives by the City of Windhoek over the past few months are yet to pay off.
City of Windhoek Strategic Executive for Infrastructure, Water and Technical Services Pierre van Rensburg has said despite water savings targets being reached in May this year, the outlook has been less positive since.
Van Rensburg was speaking at the inaugural meeting of the newly appointed Cabinet committee on water supply security and technical committee of experts on Wednesday.
“We will find ourselves in a dire situation if we do not reach the 40 per cent water saving target,” he stressed.
The City recorded a decrease of 1.5 per cent in water savings targets for this week from 34 per cent last Friday.
This means the water saving target stands now at 32.5 per cent which is below the saving target of 40 per cent, according to a statement issued by the City’s Public Relations Officer Lydia Amutenya on Wednesday.
“The only chance of having a sustainable supply towards the end of the year is if the 40 per cent can be achieved and maintained. Let us create more awareness wherever we find ourselves (home, school, and work). Every drop counts,” she remarked.
Meanwhile, the water shortage in Namibia is so severe that President Hage Geingob appointed a Cabinet committee on water supply security and a technical committee of experts.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa announced the names of the 14 committee members – six on the Cabinet committee and eight on the technical committee - on Wednesday.
The committees will present a detailed implementation plan by mid-August 2016 on how to avert the projected water crisis in Windhoek before the end of this year and for the next three years.
The functions of the committees include reviewing all existing proposed water supply solutions by various stakeholders including proposals by the MAWF and City of Windhoek; and to make recommendations to address the short-term water supply needs for Windhoek.