THE Ongwediva Town Council has extended its free sewage connection to a period of six months to allow more people to connect to the service.
Mayor Taarah Shalyefu, said that the decision was made after a low number of people benefited from the zero connectivity program due to financial constraints and lack of information.
Normally the council charges N$2 169.80 for connections.
Last year, the council resolved to have residents of the town paying zero fees on sewage connection in an effort to promote hygiene.
Shalyefu pointed out that last year, August, Council handed over the sewer system to the residents of Reception 3 and further implemented a payment holiday on sewer connection applications.
“The payment holiday ended in January 2021 with only 57 residents benefited from which 28 are from Reception 3 of which has about 113 houses,” he said.
He noted that this was disappointing, hence, Council took a decision to extend the sewer connection payment holiday for six months, from June 2021 to November 2021.
“Our target is to improve sanitation in Ongwediva through the provision of sewer reticulation in locations without sewer reticulation,” he added.
He also called upon all residents with sewerage reticulation installed in their areas to apply for sewer connection free of charge before the payment holiday lapsed in November this year.