Cabinet orders govt offices to fix water leaks

18 Aug 2016 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – Cabinet has directed Government and public institutions to repair leaks and fix faulty plumbing which have contributing to water losses and high bills.
This comes as the latest intervention by Government to address the water scarcity in the central areas of Namibia as a result of the prevailing drought.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya said during a Thursday media briefing on Cabinet decisions taken on Tuesday that all offices, ministries and agencies were instructed by cabinet to use their maintenance budget with the assistance of the City of Windhoek (CoW).
The institutions were also directed to appoint one or two water marshals, who would solely be responsible to identify and report the water leakages within ministries.
These marshals will also conduct regular maintenance of their water reticulation system to detect and fix leaks, and supply metering on a weekly basis to ensure the early detection of water loss.
The CoW allows the voluntary submission of meter readings on a monthly basis.
“Where OMAs [Government Offices, Ministries and Agencies] lack technical capacity to carry out maintenance, such skills should be developed and capacity built,” Tweya said.
He added that the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry was also granted permission to conduct routine water leakage inspections and assessments in all public institutions in Windhoek and other towns that fall within the central areas of Namibia’s water supply system.
Tweya said the water saving campaign that will be carried out in Windhoek and towns connected to the same water supply, will be rolled out to other regions in the future.