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Health and Nutrition: Namibia

Water in Africa

Africa, Namibia


by Mark Schwartz, Tsumkwe Region, Namibia

The drinking water in our community is treated to ensure its potability. If the water in the dam is not clean, extra chemicals are added. Unfortunately, even the filtered and treated water has a high amount of lime, which affects the taste and leaves behind a residue of flakes on glasses, pots, and pans.

I use a water filter in my home to reduce the amount of lime in the water. But it has little effect. Most people in the community, however, seem to enjoy the taste of the water.

by Deirdre Deakyne, Onambutu Village, Namibia

My drinking water is fresh because I filter it before drinking. The community water supply from the tap is very clean. However, once the reservoir has dried up (October to November) the community draws its water from the well. The water at this well is contaminated by cattle, donkeys, and goats that also drink from it. As a result, many people have intestinal problems, diarrhea, etc., from drinking the dirty water.

My host family and the community do not boil, filter, or otherwise clean their water.

by Heidi Spaly, Eembahu, Namibia

The water from taps is clean. The water collected from oshamas (large bodies of standing water) is contaminated by animal and human feces. The community uses water from both sources. This has caused a high incidence of diarrhea in the clinics.

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