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Namibia Water Crisis 2016 (Media Compilation)

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From: Life as a Human

  • The Water Debt of Namibia

Namibia is currently battling its worst drought in over 30 years, and NamWater, the country’s water utility, is struggling to cope. Raw water in Namibia is 69% derived from the surface water supply and 31% from groundwater, with surface water supplied by the Kavango, Kunene and Orange rivers in addition to several dams. Unfortunately, a severe lack of rainfall has left rivers low and dams empty – and to add to the problem, NamWater is currently owed N$444 million (US$29.2 million) by its customers, who consistently default on their debt. This has left the utility unable to build more infrastructure and improve the water supply network, making the problem worse.

Read more here: http://lifeasahuman.com/2016/eco/environment/water-shortages-threaten-namibias-economy/

From: The Namibian Newspaper (2015-09-22)

  • Companies to be hit by water crisis

“In the case of water shortages, the number of cattle held in the feedlot will have to be reduced to match the water supply, or – in the worst case – shut down completely. This will then have a knock-on effect on the Meatco abattoir, which is reliant on a steady supply of slaughter animals from Okapuka,” the report said.

Read more here: http://www.namibian.com.na/index.php?id=142153&page=archive-read

From: CUVE Waters (2015-11-25)

  • Adapting to climate change using the example of Namibia: natural water sources in the driest regions on earth

Completion of the CuveWaters research and development project: Natural water sources have always been in short supply in Northern Namibia. It is becoming clear that water as a resource is going to come under increasing pressure from climate change. How can the population still be guaranteed a regular supply of drinking water? How can farm land be effectively irrigated or sewage disposed of safely?

Read more here: http://www.cuvewaters.net/Single-News.14.0.html?&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=9&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=71&cHash=e70c0b63ea067e528e0c3940b4c86866

From: Namibiansun (2016-05-11)

  • Windhoek water shortage dire

Residents will have to develop a long-term mentality in the manner in which they use water if they want access to potable water over the next eight years, City of Windhoek Strategic Executive for Infrastructure, Water and Technical Services, Pierre van Rensburg, has cautioned. Since January, the public has cooperated well with the city’s drive to save water, but after media reports last month that a further two aquifer boreholes, with the potential to yield of 2.5 million cubic metres per year were being developed, savings have slacked off. The result was that consumers had achieved 10% less than the targeted savings.

Read more here: http://www.namibiansun.com/local-news/windhoek-water-shortage-dire.93546

From: Offbeat (2016-06-03)

  • Windhoek water shortage dire

The water situation in 061 is troubling to say the least. The municipality is obviously intent on getting as much water back into the drainage system, so it is restricting grey water. This is the item that seems to be causing the most public concern: people still want their gardens.

What nobody has commented on much is the couple of statements that restrict other uses of water: no storing water, no illicit selling of water, and no movement of water from one place to another. These water regulations have the character of regulations that are put in place to conserve and distribute resources when a black market may emerge.

Read more here: https://economist.com.na/17442/columns/offbeat-03-june-2016/

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