Illegal carwashes given 28 days to comply

06 Feb 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 06 FEB (NAMPA) – Owners of illegal carwashes have 28 days from 03 February 2017 to ensure registration of the business and compliance with City of Windhoek (CoW) laws that regulate such operations.
A public notice issued by CoW on Monday noted how the mushrooming of illegal carwashes remains a great concern, compounded with the obstruction of traffic, damage to the road surface, creating an unhygienic environment, water wastage and drain blockage.
Most illegal car washes, particularly in the Katutura residential area, operate partially or on the pavement and have the dirty water flow down the road and into the nearest gutter. If the water does not make it to the nearest gutter, pools form on the road or the water stalls around residences.
Owners of carwashes who do not meet the municipal requirement of having all waste water flow into the drainage system have the stipulated period to make necessary and required structural adjustments for their business to meet the compliance.
CoW uses recycled water but with illegal car wash businesses operating without the necessary infrastructure, a large portion of the city’s circulating water does not re-enter the recycling system.
The statement noted that with compliance, car washes should not have run-offs that pollute the environment, damage the road surface or block drainage.
“As the City we will be left with no option but to take all necessary legal steps for those carwash owners who do not want to comply with the law,” says the statement.
An audit done by City Police in September 2016 found the capital city has 20 legal and about 300 illegal car washes.
CoW and City Police two weeks ago conducted a joint operation targeting illegal car washes in the capital. It was found that most car washes don’t have a Certificate of Fitness/Registration for such operations and in some case make use of an illegal electricity and water supply.