Windhoek Announces Water Crisis

The City of Windhoek (CoW) said the water crisis will have a significant impact on the residents of Windhoek and as a result announced, with immediate effect, the strict enforcement of the following:

Watering of gardens is restricted to trees, shrubs and perennials once every second week.
Watering of lawns, flowers, vegetables, etc. is strictly prohibited;
No washing of cars (at home) other than utilising certified car washes;
No watering of public parks and sport fields unless through an approved semi-purified irrigation water connection;
Pool covers are mandatory and no further filling of private pools are allowed;
No water features, fountains, ponds, etc. are to be operated and filled.

The full list of requirements applicable to the Water Crisis is available from the City of Windhoek website ( - Windhoek Drought Response Plan and as an attachment to this article.

The City said in the statement, "we count on the unwavering support of all our loyal residents to cooperate and assist in this regard and it is important to note that fines will be strictly applied to any transgressions on the above."