06 Dec 2016 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - Residents in some Windhoek neighbourhoods are urged to submit water and electricity meter readings during the upcoming festive season as their properties are difficult to access.
Not submitting the readings will force the municipality to estimate.
These neighbourhoods include Eros, Ludwigsdorf, Klein Windhoek, Olympia, Academia, Pionierspark, Hochland Park, Suiderhof, Windhoek West and Windhoek North.
Speaking at a media briefing on Monday, City of Windhoek (CoW) Public Relations Manager Joshua Amukugo explained the decision was taken because in most cases, houses in these neighbourhoods have high walls and there are dogs, while most owners or tenants are on holiday and not available during the festive season. This, he said, makes it difficult for municipal staff to access the water and electricity meters for readings, if located on the property.
Residents can submit their readings via e-mail or fax or hand-deliver to the CoW metering section from 19 December to 13 January.
We would like to urge the residents to send their meter readings on these dates as failure to do so will force the municipality to estimate charges, he said.
Amukugo also expressed concern that the water saving target of 40 per cent has not been reached since the announcement of the water crisis in November last year.
The water demand is very high especially now during summer. However, we would like to urge the public to adhere to the water saving measures and refrain from activities that use excessive water, such as filing of swimming pools, washing of cars and watering of gardens.
He called on residents to ensure that their water connections are isolated to avoid water wastage and high water bills due to possible water leakage while away on holiday.
Despite the rain received in the capital recently, Amukugo noted that the water crisis remains, saying the dams are empty with an exception of Von Bach dam that has very little water left.
He however stressed that the city continues to avert the situation as it recently commissioned two of the 12 boreholes being drilled.