Theft leaves taps dry

Residents without water

23 September 2021 | Local News

Louisa Kativa; Mayor; “…it’s hard to believe there are individuals set on breaking down what is meant to uplift the community.”

Swakopmund • Leena Ndakevondjo


A prepaid stand water battery went missing in the second week of September in the DRC informal settlement of Swakopmund.

The office of the mayor confirmed the theft, saying that thieves had stolen the battery.

Fifty-one prepaid meter units with 51 batteries were installed in the DRC informal settlement in August 2021 to ensure that resident have access to clean water. A prepaid meter unit costs N$9 705.58 and the batteries cost N$795.30 each.

Due to the theft of the battery, some community members have been left without fresh water.

“This is a huge shock. It is not only disheartening but unacceptable. With council putting in concerted efforts to supply affordable water to the residents of Swakopmund, it’s hard to believe there are individuals set on breaking down what is meant to uplift the community,” mayor Louisa Kativa said in a media release.

She urged community members of the DRC to report the perpetrators and those who destroy council property to the authorities.
The municipal council does not know who committed this heinous act.

However, arrangements have been made to have the stolen battery replaced as it has affected especially less privileged residents of the community.

Other prepaid meters remain operational, with residents using them on an hourly basis. This allows only residents of the DRC to have access to prepaid water.

Residents are advised to approach the main municipal building or the mobile satellite station to purchase cards for N$294 to access water meters.

There are also a number of free water points available that residents can access until such time that council can install additional prepaid meters.

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