Opuwo Town Council suffers losses
The OCT is anticipating to continue experiencing revenue and cost impacts associated with the Covid-19 crisis due to the high demand of water supply.
15 October 2020 | Economics
This follows a decision by government for all local authorities to freely supply water to residents, irrespective of whether they were in arrears, as part of the response plan to help alleviate the risks related with the coronavirus.
Rikambura encouraged the residents to honour their debts or face water disconnections as from January 2021.
In order for the council to rescue itself from the enormous losses, it has recently announced that those in arrears can now settle 50 percent of their debt, while OTC will cover the other 50 percent to which most residents have responded positively, he said.
“We opened taps in June, but now it seems that some people have completely stopped paying, this is costing us and if people continue defying the OTC directive, we will be left with no other choice but to disconnect taps in January,” he said.
He further noted that at most times, an increase in water tariffs is caused by leaking pipes and taps in households, stating that people should be vigilant and make sure that taps and pipes are fully operational to avoid pointless tariffs. - Nampa