Windhoek Urges Residents to Save Water

THE Windhoek municipality has called on residents to reduce water usage by at least 10% to ease pressure on the city’s low water reservoirs.

In a statement, the municipality’s public relations officer Lydia Amutenya said residents would experience water shortages this year if they do not reduce water consumption.

Amutenya said the Namibia Water Corporation (Namwater) supplies Windhoek with a monthly quota, which should last until June 2015, while the other quota comes from boreholes that are normally reserved for times of droughts.

“Already this month, Windhoek residents have consumed 10% of the water earmarked for 2015,” she said, adding that Namibia is a dry country with erratic rainfall patterns, which makes water a limited resource.

“Although we had a reasonably good rainy season, the inflows into the dams supplying Windhoek are insufficient,” she noted.

She said the three main dams supplying Windhoek have a collective volume of only 46%. Von Bach is currently at 57% Swakoppoort at 61% while Omatako is at 12% of full capacity.

“If Windhoek experiences low rainfall, it will lead to a serious water shortage crisis,” Amutenya warned.

The city’s public relations officer stressed that residents must save water to ensure a sustainable future for Windhoek.

– Nampa

Source : The Namibian