Water provision first priority for Erongo Region: Mutjavikua

05 Jun 2019 20:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – Using outside technology to desalinate seawater to ensure irrigation in the desert has become a do-or-die situation, due to the severity of the drought in the Erongo Region.
This was according to Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua during his State of the Region Address here on Wednesday.
According to Mutjavikua, the acquisition of the current desalination plant and the construction of a new one is one of the region’s priorities, not only to curb the drought being experienced, but also to turn the region into an agricultural hub.
“We must rely on our sea and desert to develop agri-businesses and rural enterprises and sustain all-round development of agriculture, livestock and other side-line products,” he noted.
Mutjavikua said considerable progress has been made with the funding of the desalination plant, as well as the establishment of the Coast to Omaruru Agricultural Development Corridor, under the Humanitarian Economic Grant Agreement.
Erongo is one of the most drought affected regions due to its aridity, with places such as Uis and Omatjete topping the list.
In order to save as much water as possible, Omaruru is also expected to start with water rationing in September, while the aquifers in Kuiseb and Henties Bay are to be over extracted.
Meanwhile, the shortage of water in the region is also affecting the production at some mines such as Swakopmund Uranium’s Husab mine.
“We need to get a sustainable water source; therefore the desalination plant is crucial,” Mutjavikua stressed.