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Khorixas needs N$41m for water infrastructure development

13/07/2018
by Rodney Pienaar
News

Khorixas Town Council needs about N$41 million for water infrastructure development to replace the current run-down one. 

Due to a lack of financial liquidity the council is currently unable to purchase new pipes and fittings that are necessary to carry out effective maintenance on problematic areas in the water supply network, chairperson of the management committee, Kloephas Tjuunduwa has said. 

“The rehabilitation of existing water reticulation infrastructure and installation of pre-paid water systems will ensure that water is effectively managed and will ensure affordability by consumers. Particularly for pensioners; destitute people; poor residents and informal settlement residents.  If collective action is not introduced by the central government or through public-private partnership the current situation is bound to deteriorate in future with detrimental effects on the functions of the council,” he said. 

He added that the council is owed about N$50.1 million by residents according to the council’s statement of income and expenditure together with tariff structures for the 2018/19 financial year that was tabled last month.  

Tjuunduwa further noted that the council hopes to recoup the debt by creating a loan repayment system and defaulters will pay back the outstanding debt in the way they pay for other services. 

“In respect of the new system once it is approved the defaulters will sign a loan repayment agreement on how they will afford to pay and the amount will appear on the monthly municipal bill and as such the defaulters will be servicing their outstanding debt inclusive with all other services,” he said.