Windhoek city relaxes water restrictions


Water restrictions applied during the drought period since Dec.1 2015 in Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek, have been relaxed as of Thursday.

In a statement on Friday, the City of Windhoek (CoW) announced that the restrictions have been relaxed from a Category E (Water Crisis) to a Category B (Water Alert) as per their Drought Monitor Index (DMI).

The city had been plagued by low water in storage facilities like dams which had resulted in different businesses like car washes to be shut down.

“The primary basis for the relaxation is a concerted effort by the water authorities to pass on the benefit of the recent rains received to consumers taking into account that unutilized water is lost to evaporation at a rapid rate,” CoW said.

The city authorities said residents are assured that great care is taken in the formulation of such relaxation to ensure sufficient water for the managed demand of Windhoek and aquifer recharge for the following two years.

“Water consumers in Windhoek should however note that the announced relaxation maintains an ongoing responsibility on all water users to manage their consumption within the applicable restrictions and to maintain the savings target,” they said.

Meanwhile the city authorities said they will henceforth release weekly updates on the savings achieved as well as any other pertinent information to keep the public informed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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