Desalination feasibility workshop concludes

Eileen van der Schyff

The German government is supporting Namibia to explore opportunities for the desalination of seawater as an additional and climate resilient water source. A desalination feasibility study financed by German Development Cooperation through KfW, with a grant of N$19.5 million and implemented by NamWater, concluded their three day workshop.

The workshop brought together all stakeholders in a virtual setting to evaluate and discuss findings of the study in order to successfully ensuring a conclusion.
The aim of the study is to provide the Namibian Government with a comprehensive decision-making tool to supply the coastal and central areas of Namibia with desalination solutions for water supply. Namibia, part of the driest regions in Sub-Saharan Africa, where rainfall is unevenly distributed throughout the year, faces challenges to its water resources. The unreliability and unsustainability of water resources puts Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay under great pressure to meet the increasing water demand. A detailed analysis within the framework of the feasibility study for the future demand of water in these areas included recommendations for suitable desalination options, water transfer systems and power supply – including renewable energies.

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