Windhoek residents not reaching water savings target

24 Oct 2016 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - Windhoek residents reduced their water usage by only 25 per cent this month compared to the required 40 per cent water savings target set by the City of Windhoek (CoW).
City officials on Friday raised the concern that residents are not complying with the required water saving target.
“As clearly shown on the graph, as residents we need to put more efforts into our savings measures as only 25 per cent of savings was recorded as opposed to the required 40 per cent water savings target,” it said in a media statement.
The City issues these water crisis saving graphs every two months since a water shortage was announced last year due to the drought.
In August 2016, residents reached a target of 30 per cent, while in June they saved 28 per cent.
In July this year, the CoW announced that it will turn off the taps of households that use more than 40 000 litres of water per month.
In an attempt to ensure that Windhoek reaches the 40 per cent savings required to sustain the water supply, the flow of water in such households would be reduced to a trickle and homeowners required to pay penalties in order to restore supply.
Municipal records from April show that more than 3 300 households in Windhoek used 40 000 litres or more. In May, this number increased to more than 3 800 households, according to media reports.
In July this year, the City announced a 10 per cent increase in the basic water tariff, plus a 15 per cent increase in the water consumption tariff.
It has further indicated that it introduced a zero tolerance policy applicable during the current water crisis and penalties of up to N.dollars 2 000 will be imposed on those consuming excessive amounts of water or anyone found using water in contravention of the drought response plan.
The three dams which supply water to the capital, Swakoppoort, Von Bach and Omatako have had no significant inflow due to the drought over the past three years and water levels in these dams have reached worrying proportions.