Public institutions failing to optimise water saving

27 Nov 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - Many public institutions, such as government offices, schools hospitals and correctional facilities do not employ proper or regular maintenance programmes meant to save water, Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) Deputy Permanent Secretary Abraham Nehemia has said.
'Often faucets in public institutions are left leaking for a lengthy period of time or in some cases, are left open which leads to high water losses and huge bills for government,” Nehemia said during the launch of the national water saving campaign here Friday.
If proper maintenance schedules are put in place, not only will a lot of water be saved, it will also save Government a lot of money, he said.
He as such urged the public to do their best to save water.
Nehemia urged Windhoek residents to realise the seriousness of the situation, and said their continuous efforts in saving water towards the set 40 per cent are commendable.
Due to the continuous climate change which is affecting the hydrological cycle, the sources of water to Windhoek and central areas namely the Omatako, Von Bach and Swakoppoort Dams are nearly empty due to poor rainfall received.
“We are currently drawing water from the dams' dead storage,” he said, adding that if the current water supply is not managed efficiently, the water crisis the country is facing will become severe.
The 'Save Water' campaign was started earlier this year due to the prevailing water scarcity which called for concerted efforts both in the use and management of water at consumer level.
The campaign also aims to highlight the importance of water demand management and the environmental conditions of the country, which is a factor in the implementation of various methods of saving water.
The success of water saving methods will be gauged through the implementation of water marshals.
Marshals have been appointed at public and private institutions to monitor and report all water use inefficiencies, fix small leaks and share water demand management messages.
The 'Save Water' campaign will run until September 2018.
Namibia has received poor rainfall over the past two rainy seasons, resulting in prolonged drought conditions.