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City warns Windhoek water consumption jumped due to hot weather

City warns Windhoek water consumption jumped due to hot weather

The City of Windhoek said that the city’s residents are using a lot of water and last week the authorities recorded the highest rate of water consumption since the beginning of the year.

Last week, the city recorded over 95% more water usage according to the weekly water watch, which is designed as a regular water monitoring programme to inform municipal officials about the water consumption rate.

It therefore shows that we are unfortunately entering a critical water consumption phase, that may lead to a critical water shortage if not abated. We hereby encourage our esteemed residents and visitors to put in extra efforts in saving this precious resource amidst the dry hot summer season,” the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Windhoek, Robert Kahimise said.

Kahimise further encouraged residents to rather opt for dry gardens with vegetation that are suitable for an arid climate thus drastically reducing the amount of water for watering gardens.

With dry hot sunny conditions, there is an increased evaporation rate that threatens available water capacity in the three surface dams that supply water to Windhoek.  This decreases available water and should the water consumption rate continues as is, the available water supply will diminish drastically,” Kahimise said.



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