Investigations ongoing on underground water: Mutorwa

09 Jul 2013 11:20
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The utilisation of the massive underground water source found in the northern parts of Namibia will be determined only after investigations are complete, the Agriculture Minister said on Tuesday.
John Mutorwa said this in the National Assembly in response to a question posed by Presidential Affairs? Minister Albert Kawana, who wanted to know about large volumes of underground water discovered last year in the Oshana and the Ohangwena regions.
Kawana suggested that the water be used to develop the agriculture sector in the Mangetti area of the Oshikoto Region to ensure food security and job creation.
?After the discovery of the deep-seated Ohangwena aquifer, it is further required to do all the necessary investigations, observations and assessments regarding its exact extent,? Mutorwa said.
He explained that the recharge mechanisms and behaviour in terms of flow and quality development during long-term use of the water source also has to be investigated, before stating that the terms of reference are still being finalised.
?This will in turn also ensure the safe and sustainable use of this important groundwater aquifer,? the Agriculture Minister said.
The discovery of underground water is the result of a joint project between the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, NamWater and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources which started in the year 2007.
The water source is reportedly up to 10 0000 years old, and has the capacity to supply 40 percent of residents of water for four centuries.