MINISTER of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb, says Namibia is in talks with Botswana to explore the possibility of transporting desalinated waters in order to ensure the security of water supply in the long run.
He said that Namibia is conducting viability studies of seawater desalination to expand water supply to the central areas of the country and other en-route users.
He was speaking at the 38 Joint SADC Ministers meeting for water and energy where he gave a brief update on the country’s current water scarcity situation.
“As we continuously experience water shortages, threatening national water supply security, the President appointed a Cabinet Committee on water security supported by a Committee of experts to plan water supply security infrastructure development,” he said.
!Naruseb added that the newly constructed Neckartal dam, situated in the south of Namibia, will be used for water domestic water supply, energy and agricultural food production.
“This year, we received below normal rainfall in the whole country, which affected mostly communal and commercial livestock and subsistence farmers who rely on rain-fed crop production for their livelihoods. All our major dams are far below the full supply level,” he noted.