Namibia's drought has forced many to limit water

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Namibia's drought has forced many to limit water

2016-07-22 15:03:33 386 ℃

Xinhua news agency, Windhoek July 21 special telegram (reporter Wu Changwei) is located in southwestern Africa, Namibia for 3 consecutive years of drought, resulting in the local wells and a large area of the surface water dry, the government had to take water restrictions and other measures to cope with the increasingly serious water crisis.

According to Namibia water company released the latest report, in Windhoek, the capital, and the central region for the hardest hit by drought, for water supply in the area of three reservoir water storage amount is less than 20 million cubic meters, only 10% of the normal value. Expected in September this year, only to provide the capital of 50% of the water, when the water consumption per person per day is not more than 90 liters. Worse, the 3 reservoirs are likely to dry up before the next rainy season.

Report that to solve the problem of water shortage in Windhoek area, only two ways: one is $1 billion Na Yuan ($45 million yuan RMB) drilling, with 800 million cubic meters of groundwater, but need to ten years to enable the restoration of groundwater level to its present level; second is the implementation of seawater desalination project, but Windhoek from the sea more than 300 km, the cost is too high.

According to the situation of water shortage, the Windhoek municipal government in May this year began to prohibit unit and individual water for watering the lawn, car washing, and to the swimming pool and the fountains of water, and offenders will face cut-off or fined 2000 Na Yuan (about 900 yuan) punishment.

At present, the phenomenon of drought and water shortage has spread from central Namibia to the West and the south. Due to the severe shortage of water supply, some coastal cities and towns have to start using expensive desalination.

Local media reports, water scarcity in addition to cause difficulties in people's lives, may also forced Namibia many manufacturing enterprises, especially the construction industry to stop operations, leading to nearly 4 million people are unemployed.