Lena Nakale, 55, a teacher at the Kaguni Primary School, allegedly bypassed a water meter and illegally connected water to her residence and the 26 flats she rents out at the residence.
Water and sanitation officials from the Rundu Town Council uncovered the illegal connection on Thursday, and dug out several water pipes found underground at Nakale’s home.
The town council’s protection officer, Alex Mwendera informed Nampa on the scene that the teacher illegally connected pipes to the main water pipe on the property to avoid paying high water bills.
Town council officials became suspicious when it was noticed that Nakale’s water bill for all 27 residences averaged a mere N.dollars 250 per month.
Monthly rental fees for the flats start at N.dollars 800, meaning Nakale rakes in over N.dollars 20 000 per month.
It is suspected that the illegal water connections might have been installed as early as three years ago as she has on several occasions apparently refused to let water meter readers enter her property.
Besides being issued with a spot-fine, Nakale’s water supply was also immediately disconnected, and the water meter removed.
Her water supply will only be restored once she pays the fine and a reconnection fee of N.dollars 375.
Nakale, who arrived at her property immediately after being informed that town council officials had unearthed her scam, agreed to pay the fine, but declined to reveal who had installed the illegal water pipes.
It is suspected that the illegal connection might have been done by plumbing students as it was professionally done and not easy to detect, according to the town council officials.
Mwendera said illegal water connections are rife at the town, especially in informal settlements where businesses such as brick-making and car wash businesses are situated.
The Rundu Town Council’s protection officer explained that the council, on average, records about 10 cases of illegal water connections per month.
He then cautioned would-be offenders to refrain from such practices, or else they will face the consequences.