Keetmanshoop Municipality still to open taps

 The Keetmanshoop Municipality said it has not started with the reconnecting water taps that are disconnected at the town as per the directive by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development.

On Friday former Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, in a letter addressed to all regional councils, town councils, village councils and municipalities gave a directive that all taps of residents in arrears and disconnected should be opened in a fight against the COVID-19.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday the Keetmanshoop Municipality Public Relations Officer (PRO), Dawn Kruger urged all residents that have disconnected water meters to visit the municipality and provide their details so that their water can be reconnected.

‘Unfortunately we do not have a list of those customers whose meters are closed and we plea with the community to come to our offices so that we start with process of reconnecting, hopefully we will start today (Tuesday) afternoon around 15h00,’ she said.

Kruger also said those residents that have ervens but do not have water meter should visit the finance department at the municipality so that they get the meters installed.

‘The installation fee is close to N.dollars 2 000 so those residents can come to the finance department and have an agreement with the municipality how they will pay that amount off, possibly by installments,’ said Kruger.

Further the Keetmanshoop Municipality will provide five big tank of water in Tseiblaagte residential area and in the informal settlements for residents to wash their hand regularly.

‘This water in the tanks are not for drinking but only for the washing of hands so residents are warned not to drink the water,’ she stressed.

The PRO raised a concern of who should pay for the consumption of water during the time of the state of emergency this she say council will have to consult with all the relevant stakeholders to see who will pay for the water bills.

‘We will need to talk to our line minister, the presidents office just to get an answer who is to pay for this period, we know that before the directive came all the water bills were paid by the residents but now who pays during this period,’ she noted.

Source: Namibia Press Agency