According to Piet du Pisani, who was the strategic executive for Infrastructure Water Technical Services at the City of Windhoek the realization that water should be re-used is fast gaining momentum.
Following the very successful 9th International Water Association’s (IWA) conference on Water Reuse in Windhoek during 2013, it became apparent that waste water is no longer seen as a waste product, but rather as an important and reusable commodity.
“Windhoek is a living example that even the top mode of reuse, potable reuse, is feasible, practical and safe,” said du Pisani during the Conference. Namibia is a pioneer in potable water reuse with the Goreangab Reclamation Plant that has been providing drinking water to the growing capital for the past 45 years.
To date, Windhoek is still one of the only places in the world where sewage effluent is directly treated into potable water. At the water reuse conference, the then Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Hon. John Mutorwa said the government intends to make substantial-investments in the long-term in water infrastructure of Namibia. According to the Minister, Namibia has also commissioned a study to conduct an Engineering and Environmental assessment of all options for the augmentation of water supply for Central Areas of Namibia and for the four Northern Regions.