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The Environment and Agriculture: Namibia

Water in Africa

Africa, Namibia


by Mark Schwartz, Tsumkwe Region, Namibia

Our community is becoming more "developed" with more houses and buildings being built, and more people moving in. As a result, water supplies are not as plentiful and the water pumped through the taps has low pressure.

by Deirdre Deakyne, Onambutu Village, Namibia

Namibia is very lucky to have clean water. For the most part, water throughout the country is safe to drink. Much of the water from rivers in Namibia contains the schistosomiasis parasite, which affects the liver and can be fatal if left untreated. However, I do not think this is a big problem in my village.

The quality of water in my village has been improved by the establishment of a tap providing clean water for most of the year.

by Heidi Spaly, Eembahu, Namibia

The water supply has been damaged in my area by deforestation. The deforestation is causing erosion, which produces more silt and other runoff to contaminate and dirty the water.

New technologies are helping to provide cleaner water in the larger cities and, through water distribution, provide for the smaller villagers as well.

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