Water marshals to monitor government institutions

18 Oct 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 OCT (NAMPA) – Water marshals will be appointed at public institutions in view of the water shortage Namibia is facing.
In a media statement issued on Tuesday, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Sophia Kasheeta said Cabinet last week approved a memorandum for a water saving campaign.
She said water marshals, selected among staff, will be responsible for detecting and fixing leaks, and providing overall support to the national water saving campaign at government offices, schools, hospitals and correctional service centres.
“The ministry together with its partners have joined forces and will embark on a national water saving campaign targeting public institutions such as government offices, schools, hospitals and correctional service centres starting in Windhoek and later on for the campaign to be rolled out to the whole country.”
Namibia is facing a severe water shortage due to the sustained drought over the past three years and President Hage Geingob this year June declared a State of Emergency. Poor rainfall since the 2013/2014 rainy season has the three dams supplying water to the capital (Omatako, Von Bach and Swakoppoort) nearly empty.
According to the most recent dam level report issued by NamWater on 19 September, Swakoppoort stood at 7,9 per cent full capacity; Von Bach at 17,9 per cent; and Omatako at 0,0 per cent.
It is projected that Windhoek will run out of water by December 2016 if nothing is done to conserve the precious resource.
Two marshals will be appointed at each Government institution to educate all users on the importance of proper maintenance and wise water usage.
This campaign will run for two years and will end in September 2018.