Completion of the Cuve Waters Project in Namibia

November 24, 2015, 9:26am

By the Villager Newspaper. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

The Cuve Water Project, headed by the Institute for Social Ecological Research, will present its comprehensive results on its integrated water resource management tomorrow in Windhoek.

The results are compiled from roughly a decade of research and development.

As stated in the company’s press release, ISOE Communication and Public Relations Melanie Neugart noted that the complex system was implemented at different sites in the Cuvelai-Etosha Bassin, whose population is heavily affected by climatic extremes such as flooding and persistent periods of drought,

“In collaboration with the Technische Universität Darmstadt, partners in the field and local Namibian partners, it was possible with the help of the solar powered desalination plants to generate new sources of drinking water, even at locations a long way from central water pipelines. The system for collecting rainwater and storing floodwater provide water with which to irrigate farmland,” she said.

Such system represents an innovation for the region and enables several families to cultivate vegetables all year round and sell them at the local markets. Cuve Waters have also given rise to an innovative energy efficient sanitation and waste water concept with subsequent water recycling.

“Around 1500 inhabitants of Outapi, most of whom come from low income households, are now able to use washhouses, showers and toilets. Nutrient-rich service water is recovered from the waste water and used for irrigation as well as for biogas with which to generate heat and electricity,” she said.

Cuve Waters is a cooperative project run by ISOE and the Technische Universität Darmstadt. It is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The partners in Namibia include the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), Outapi Town Council and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN). The project sites are Lipopo, Outapi and Epyeshona and Amarika.