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Erongo region gets portable water

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Ten regions – Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Oshikoto, Kunene, Kavango East, Kavango West, Ohangwena, Omusati and Zambezi have received water softening installations.

The project is in line with improving quality of life in rural communities under an agreement signed between the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, for the implementation of several installation to soften the brackish water of local communities in the Erongo region.

First three pilot installations under the agreement were commissioned last year September at Vrede, Goeie Geluk Pos and Santamab Pos 1 in the vicinity of the Spitzkoppe.

The water softening installations employ reverse osmosis to clean the raw borehole water from a range of minerals to produce a clean, potable water.

According to authorities the agreement serves to test the feasibility of rolling out the installations to many more communities across the entire Namibia.

“As a fund, we do all we can to support the transition to a more sustainable future and we want this transition to come as fast as possible.

“It is my firm belief that the water softening facilities that we are going to put up at various community water points will enhance their resilience to the impact of climate change and enable them to diversify their livelihoods by growing vegetables in their gardens achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all,” said Benedict Libanda, the Fund’s Chief Executive Officer.

He further highlighted that special attention was paid to theft proofing to prevent the solar panels and reticulation infrastructure to get stolen.

Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform, said the funding of the proposed pilot projects in the ten regions is in collaboration with the decentralized function of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Coordination Unit.