CuveWaters project ends
It has been 10 years since the beginning of scientific research and development to find practical solutions to the water supply crisis in the North Central Regions of Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana and Omusati.
The CuveWaters project team marked the end of the project at the Polytechnic of Namibia Hotel School this week, where the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Hon. John Mutorwa thanked the German partners and researches for what he said could not have been an easy task.
The Cuvelai-Etosha basin’s population of 850 000 people is said to be home is close to half of the country’s population, thus the need to provide solutions to the three main challenges identified.
The multidisciplinary research team presented a needs based solution that involved the exchanging of knowledge between the inhabitants and researchers. After finding sustainable solutions with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research to the tune of €13 million since 2006 to 2015.
The Outapi residents received training in construction, operation and maintenance to prepare them for the time when they take control of the facilities themselves. This training also extended to the correct usage of the sanitation concept as a whole.
Project leader, Thomas Kluges said at the event that, sustainable use of the water resources can only come about with via knowledge sharing through a mutual learning process on the part of the scientists/researchers and the population.
Meanwhile, around 1500 inhabitants of Outapi benefit from the waste water recycling concept as they are able to use communal laundry washhouses, showers and toilets. Also, the use of drip irrigation for green gardens was found to be an effective method of producing food for the inhabitants.
The German Ambassador to Namibia, Matthias Schlaga said “The project team has developed sustainable solutions for the water supply in northern Namibia, which is a key future of Namibia.