KEETMANSHOOP: The Keetmanshoop Municipality on Tuesday disconnected water supply to 43 houses in the Tseiblaagte residential area, and more than 10 houses in the Kronlein suburb due to unsettled bills.
The disconnection, currently still underway, is expected to leave about 600 households dry. It will continue on Thursday.
The Finance Manager at the Keetmanshoop Municipality, Quinton Visagie told Nampa on Wednesday that the residents owe the council about N.dollars 20 million for water provided.
He said those whose water was cut have not been paying for as long as three to four months.
“There are people who owe the council up to N.dollars 10 000 in water bills,” Visagie stressed.
People have to pay half of the amount owed before the municipality opens their taps.
Regina van Wyk from Kronlein, whose water was cut off on Tuesday, said she owes the council N.dollars 2 000 in water bills. After arrangements made with the municipality, she was told to pay at least N.dollars 400.
“I paid them N.dollars 300 yesterday, but they told me it should be N.dollars 400. I do not have the outstanding N.dollars 100 now,” she said.
Most water debts here are as a result of people being unemployed, while others choose not to pay for reasons known only to themselves.
Others inherited houses and outstanding water debts from family members.
Keetmanshoop mayor Moses Titus and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Vleermuis could not be reached for comment today.