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Namibia champions water reclamation to sustain growing population

Namibia has made significant strides in wastewater management by converting sewage water to tap water over the years, the Windhoek Municipality said on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Hage Geingob
Hage Geingob, President of Namibia

It said that the country would celebrate the 50th anniversary of Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) on Oct. 18 and 19, and global experts from Australia, Europe and the U.S. will be in attendance.

The event will run under the theme “Direct Potable Reclamation with a Clean Bill’’.

According to the municipality, a special session will take place, which will also focus on the current developments and future of DPR not only in the country but also globally.

Windhoek, being driven by continuous water scarcity and exceptional challenges in term of supply, innovatively took the step to introduce purified sewage effluent into the drinking water system way back in 1968.

“Over the years, this unconventional supply source has gone through various stages of refinery and maintained as an important source of supply to the ever-growing city.

“Windhoek is regarded as one of the world leaders in DPR.

“It remains one of the only places in the world where this is practised on a significant scale and continuous basis to supply the residents of the city with drinking water,’’ the municipality.

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