Rundu plans to introduce pre-paid water system

20 Nov 2018 19:00pm
RUNDU, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The Rundu Town Council (RTC) plans to introduce pre-paid water meters in 2019 to supplement its revenue collection efforts and promote effective water management.
RTC acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sikongo Haihambo confirmed the plans to Nampa on Monday, following an advertisement in New Era last week in which it called for registered and experienced companies to submit proposals.
“In order for the council to effectively address the difficult water situation currently faced by the town, it would require more than a single solution,” said Haihambo, referring to the water interruptions experienced at Rundu.
He said the issue faced by the town council is heavy and complex since the N.dollars 60 million it owes the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) is a huge amount to pay.
“The situation at hand requires us to do whatever we can from all different fronts,” added Haihambo.
He said the water situation cannot be tackled through the existing methods such as disconnecting residents’ water and curbing illegal water connections only, but needs a variety of interventions and the pre-paid water system is one of them.
The acting CEO could not divulge details regarding the budgeted amount by the council for this exercise when asked, but noted that the issue depends on the interested companies.
“The money issue is left to the bidders on how they can come up with innovative ways to provide the council with the best solutions without us having to pay an arm and a leg,” said Haihambo.
He explained that the pre-paid system will be piloted for three months to monitor and review before full implementation. Different solutions of the system will be tested and the best chosen.
The financially stricken local authority has not been able to pay its debt due to millions of dollars owed by its residents, Government ministries and agencies in municipal bills.
NamWater thus placed the RTC on a pre-paid credit system and removed it from the conventional water supply system for more effective revenue collection.