Mushelenga orders reconnection of water
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24 March 2020 | Health
To aid the fight against the coronavirus, urban and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga has ordered that all local authorities reconnect water supply to households whose water had been suspended for non-payment.
The minister’s directive comes into effect immediately.
Wash your hands
This is according to a circular dated 20 March from Mushelenga ordering that water should be made available to all citizens as washing your hands frequently with soap and water is among the precautionary measures to avoid contracting and further spreading the deadly virus.
Mushelenga said this is in line with President Hage Geingob’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the coronavirus.
He added that the directive will be valid until such a time the state of emergency is lifted.
“While the councils are advised to continue charging for municipal services, due to this state of emergency and in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, I hereby issue a directive that residents with arrears and suspended water services must be reconnected with immediate effect,” the letter reads.
“Provision for residences with no access to water supply must be made with immediate effect, for example the placement of water tanks at strategic places.”
Thus far, Namibia has three confirmed cases of the virus.
Meanwhile, a number of local authorities contacted by Namibian Sun have confirmed that they headed Mushelenga’s call.
The Grootfontein municipality has reconnected water supply to households which were cut off, while also providing water to residents of the informal settlements.
This was confirmed by spokesperson Luke Salomo.
“We have already started supplying water to the informal areas and we will continue to open the water to those remaining households whose water was cut off due to non-payment,” he said.