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Windhoek exceeds water target savings

Windhoek exceeds water target savings

Despite widespread reports that water supply conditions have stabilised, consumers have been cautioned that this is expressly conditional to the maintenance of a reasonable demand and achieving the targeted savings, according to the City of Windhoek (CoW).

In a statement this week, CoW said the warning followst Windhoek’s weekly consumption for the period 24 to 30 July that exceeded the targeted savings of 5% by one percentage point.

The exorbitant consumption, even at this early stage, will lead to the early depletion of water stock and increase the likelihood of another water crisis and sever restrictions being enforced on all consumers,” they added.

It is through this that the City has pleaded with consumers to adhere to the City of Windhoek Water Management Plan and participate in keeping pool maintenance to a minimum during the winter months, to keep pools covered and not to fill until use is resumed when warmer weather returns.

Further more consumers have been asked not to start gardening activities until spring and even then to be mindful of the continued water scarce situation whereby landscaping is adjusted to the arid environment that we live in and that a well planned succulent garden can be just as attractive as the unsustainable alternative.

The City also urged all consumers to carefully manage their water meters to ensure early leakage detection and corrective action to avoid unnecessary water losses and high utility bills.

Meanwhile, CoW hopes that it can rely on its water consumers who contributed during the drought to continue optimally to manage scarce water resources to ensure security for the foreseeable future.

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