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Namibia: Micro Desalination Plants Unveiled

Francis Xoagub

Ondangwa — Two small-scale, state-of-the-art desalination plants were inaugurated at the villages of Amarika and Akutsima in the Omusati Region last week.

The desalination plants are a joint Namibia-German effort on solar-driven pilot plants to provide the local population with clean drinking water in an essential component of the Cuvelai water system, which seeks to find sustainable solutions to water supply.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Petrus Iilonga, inaugurated the two facilities recently in the presence of representatives from local authorities, as well as representatives of CuveWaters, traditional leaders and communities

“The implementation of these small-scale plants to desalinate the saline groundwater complements the efforts of the Swapo Party government to increase water security in remote rural areas. Clean drinking water is indispensable for a healthy life,” Iilonga stressed.

Saying the project is the property of the community, Iilonga urged communities to protect the facilities and to guard them jealously against vandalism. He also called on communities to add value to the project by producing their own bottled water for selling in order to generate income.

“This water is clean and healthy and you can add value to it by bottling it for local consumption as well as export purposes,” he noted.

Source: (Namibia)

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