The reconnection of running water for many cash-strapped Windhoek residents, especially those living in the burgeoning informal settlements surrounding the capital, is expected to cost the city an estimated N$8.9 million, according to the Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise.

Kahimise made the announcement this week during a media conference in the council chambers. He said the council approved an emergency response plan to help mitigate the risks associated with the virus. The measure will also benefit about 1 200 taps or households of clients who were disconnected for non-payment.

Around 18 water tanks have been deployed strategically at various locations to provide free water to residents of informal settlements and others. Additional tanks are being erected as quickly as possible at more locations throughout the city’s informal settlements.