22 February 2013

Namibia: Businesswoman Rigs Water Meter

Rundu — A Rundu woman was fined N$4 000 yesterday by the Rundu Town Council for rigging a water meter on the water pipeline supplying water to her multi-roomed residence in Rundu's Tuhingireni settlement.

The town council became suspicious about 55-year-old Leena Nakale's unusually low water bill, which sometimes is as low as N$200 a month, even though her home boasts no less than 26 rooms that she rents out.

Upon inspection at her house yesterday, town council employees discovered that Nakale had channeled water from the official supply line to her house bypassing the water meter.

Explaining the situation to New Era, one of the council's technicians said Nakale had connected the extra line in such a way that even if the town council cut off her water supply, she would still continue to receive water at her house.

Speaking to New Era, Nakale denied she rigged the water supply line, but said she would settle the fine because her tenants cannot live without water. No criminal charges were laid against her.

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