Namibian town issues 170 fines and collects NAD212 000

In August alone the council had detected over 170 illegal water connections, and issued fines at NAD2 000 each. This campaign was run by the Rundu Town Council, to detect and disconnect illegal water connections during August. Officials are thinking of extending it because they have not covered the entire town.

Only having managed to cover some percentages of certain recently proclaimed locations, being able to achieve 100% coverage they estimate the numbers would shoot up.

illegal connectionsIn terms of water losses, the illegal water connections are creating a big problem.
Image credit: Mpumalanga News

Once the council detected an illegal water connection, it immediately disconnected it and issued a fine to the offender. There are some connections that are in the system and have been disconnected due to non-payment but have been illegally reconnected, and many that were illegally connected are not in the system and don't bother to pay - those were removed as they are illegal

In terms of water losses, the illegal water connections are creating a big problem to the council and town and what they can source from residents' water bills is not tallying – according to the fees being paid to NamWater for service.

The acting CEO of the Rundu Town Council warned residents not to pay individual town council officials outside the revenue office, or residents, to get water connected to their plots as that would be illegal. He also advised that those seeking a water connection should follow existing procedures of applying to the council.

Some officials are committing fraud by taking money from residents to connect them to the town's water network and at the end of the day the money does not reach the council coffers and that water meter is not on the system – they end up not paying but when the council eventually discovers that, they will be fined.



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