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Put water back into boreholes

The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa said his ministry, in conjunction with the Windhoek Municipality and Namwater, is working on a scheme to artificially recharge the Windhoek Aquifer with a blend of reclaimed and surface water.
According to Mutorwa, his ministry has also commissioned a study to conduct an Engineering and   Environmental assessment of all options for the augmentation of subterranean water for Windhoek and for the Cuvelai drainage are in Owamboland. “All of these schemes represent mega investments in infrastructure to bring water over vast distances to the major population centres. The total water revenue generated in Namibia cannot sustain this type of capital investment and for this reason, further central government funding will have to be injected and be allocated,” he said. Mutorwa was speaking at the opening of the just-ended 9th International Water Association Reuse Conference held in Windhoek under the theme Water Reuse is the Blue Resource of the Future from 27 to 31 October. The conference covered various aspects and technicalities of the way water can safely be reused in a beneficial way for people and commerce. Recently Parliament passed the revised Namibian Water Resources Management Bill which will facilitate better regulation of the water environment. It is expected to be signed into law by President Hifikepunye Pohamba soon.

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