Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Experts say "too soon to tap Namibia's groundwater find".
At a recent water investment conference, officials have warned that the extraction of the much needed water from a large underground aquifer in northern Namibia may need to wait for further studies. The aquifer, discovered in July, may contain enough water to sustain about one million people living in the area for 400 years at the current consumption rate, as well as boost development through irrigation in this poor, heavily overgrazed area where women and children walk for hours to get fresh water from boreholes. But officials and scientists have cautioned against too much optimism until further studies have been conducted. One reason is that the aquifer is under a smaller, polluted water resource, so it is still unclear how it could be tapped. More on this article available here.