Windhoek has less than two years left of water supply: Akwenye

18 Sep 2019 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Windhoek residents are only left with 18 months before they ‘go dry’, City of Windhoek (CoW) Public Relations Officer Harold Akwenye said on Wednesday.
In an interview with Nampa, Akwenye said the capital city’s water level is currently below 25 per cent and can only supply Windhoek residents for the next 18 months.
He noted that main supply dam, Von Bach, provides water to the whole of Windhoek and Okahandja area, adding that the dams supplying water to Windhoek need water and that replenishment can only happen when it rains.
The underground Windhoek aquifer which supplies a portion of water to the city has also gone down to below 25 per cent in the past week, he pointed out.
Akwenye attributed activities such as discarding of hard materials including car engines and gearboxes as contributing factors to sewer blockages, which partly contributes to shortage of water in the capital since Windhoek water is being recycled.
“Apart from anticipating rain water as a solution to water scarcity, the government has been embarking upon a plan to rescue the situation by coming up with a water plant which will take two to three years to complete,” he mentioned.
He encouraged Windhoek residents to use water sparingly, recommending that people should fix household water leakages and wash their cars less than usual to save water.
The spokesman said CoW is busy with community campaigns to educate people about the importance of water usage, adding that they are also busy identifying schools with water leakages and fixing these.
“Residents should migrate to the newly introduced system of taking their meter readings on their own and making use of the ‘Self Reading SMS’ because it is easy and effective,” he said.
He further acknowledged that CoW does indeed estimate water usage, because field officers who take meter readings find it difficult to take readings from each and every household “since access to many houses is a problem”.