Be aware and save water; Mutorwa

23 Mar 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) –The commemoration of World Wetlands Day and World Water Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness and change mind-sets towards water saving, especially in times of serious water scarcity.
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa made the remark during this year’s observation of World Wetlands and World Water Day under the theme ‘Healthy Wetlands and Innovative Water and Wastewater Management for Improved Livelihoods’ on Thursday.
He said the provision of water has not been easy over the last few years.
“The country underwent a succession of dry years, which not only threatened our livelihoods but the country’s economy, most specifically in the central areas, central coastal areas and southern parts of Namibia.”
Mutorwa said in these areas, Namibia faced the challenge of supplying an adequate amount of potable water for drinking and economic activities.
He said that although good rains are received in most parts of the country this year, the nature of the climate condition leaves Namibia vulnerable and shall continue.
“Water security is not only being threatened by increased demand for water, which in some areas has outstripped supply, but water security is further threatened by climate change and climate variability as well as water use inefficiency.”
Mutorwa noted that to address the water scarcity, President Hage Geingob has established the Cabinet Committee on Water Supply Security (CCWSS).
To keep Namibian taps flowing, the minister noted the exploration and implementation of the artificial recharge of ground water; desalination of sea water, as well as the reclamation and re-use of waste water for suitable purposes in some parts of the country.
Other options, he said, are being considered such as the drawing of water from the Kavango River, but these are not immediate because of cost and adhering to international protocols that require cooperation with other States.
Mutorwa urged the public to apply efficient water demand management techniques and avoid wasting the resource.
“Let’s educate our children and ourselves to use water wisely, and adopt innovative ways to ensure that the available limited water generates the desired maximum benefits for a much longer period than anticipated.”
World Wetlands Day is annually commemorated on 02 February and World Water Day on 22 March.