Keetmans residents get payment deadline
21 July 2021 | Local News
Less than three months after the Keetmanshoop municipality received a million-dollar invoice from NamWater, the council has now given non-paying residents a deadline to settle their accounts.
In a statement sent out on Monday, the council said the water supply of all consumers whose accounts are in arrears will be suspended, and urged residents to enter into debt repayment agreements before 7 August.
Despite the ministry of water's request earlier this year to not resort to the disconnection of services, the municipality has been struggling to stay afloat.
"This was a decision made by the council because payments have been really low for the last few months and the council has been struggling to receive payments on time," the municipality’s public relations officer, Dawn Kruger, said yesterday.
Debt repayment agreements
The municipality has resolved to enter into debt repayment agreements with customers whose accounts have been in arrears for more than 30 days.
This requires the account holder to pay for their current monthly consumption in full every month as well as an additional agreed-upon amount over 12 to 18 months.
"In return, the municipality will write off the interest charged on the arrear accounts,” the statement read.
Customers with overdue accounts are requested to call the revenue collection section of the municipality at 063 22 12 11/88 to avoid disconnection.