Water remains concerstone of humanity and development

24 Mar 2016 11:00am
GOBABIS, 24 MARCH (NAMPA) – Namibia’s fresh water resources are kept free of pollution and utilised to ensure social well being, and economic development, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Anna Shiweda said.
Namibia Wednesday celebrated World Water Day at the Von Bach Dam on the outskirts of Okahandja to highlight the contribution of water to society.
Speaking during the official observance of the day, Shiweda noted water is a precious resource that not only contributes to the well being of humankind, but is also a pivotal role player in economic development for Namibia.
“Water is central to human survival, the environment, the economy and decent work on the other hand can provide income and pave the way for social and economic advancements.
“In response to this clarion call, the government has so far achieved over 80 per cent coverage with regards to water provision,” said Shiweda.
The day in Namibia was celebrated under the theme ‘Wetlands and Water for Sustainable Livelihoods, Jobs and Development’, while globally, the theme was ‘Water and Jobs’.
Locally, the theme concurs with the current situation of water scarcity currently experienced in the central region of the country, according to Shiweda.
“All jobs depend on water availability. In essence, water is able to create well remunerated and decent jobs contributing to human well-being and sustainable development,” she highlighted.
Almost half of the world’s workers work in water related sectors. Yet these people are not recognised and protected by law, according to Shiweda.
“Take the example of a woman who has to walk for hours over a long distance every day to fetch water for her family. This is a job but it is not paid for and not recognised as such,” she proclaimed.
The central region of Namibia is expected to run dry by August this year due to poor inflows of rain water at the Swakoppoort, Von Bach and Omatako dams.
The Omatako Dam, situated about 100 kilometres north of Okahandja in the Otjozondjupa Region received a 7 per cent inflow during mid January.
However no inflows were recorded for the Von Bach and Swakopport dam, according to officials at the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater).