The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced new funding for rural water supply and sanitation in Namibia. The total funding of $125 Million USD, described in a 11 March statement, will support construction and rehabilitation of bulk water infrastructure and related equipment, construction of water supply networks and climate resilient sanitation facilities, hygiene interventions and institutional capacity building initiatives.
The overall objective of the program is to facilitate sustainable production and transfer of water resources to improve access to potable water. It will also enhance sanitation in rural areas and enrich institutional capacity. An underlying focus of the program is to develop sustainable management and utilisation.
In particular, the program is set to increase access to sustainable water services from the current level of 85 percent and sanitation services from 54 percent to the universal 100 percent target by 2030.
A key element of the project is sanitation marketing, focusing on behavioural change, told Board members. “It is critical to improve sanitation, including reducing the number of people practising open defecation,” according to Gladys Wambui Gichuri, Director of the Water Development & Sanitation Department.
This new program will build on innovative technology in sanitation already deployed in Windhoek. Urban water is treated to potable standards where 30 percent of the recycled water in re-injected into the system. The new program includes preparation of studies and designs for direct potable water reclamation in Windhoek to increase the existing capacity by 17,000 m3/day.
At completion in 2024, the interventions will directly benefit estimated 1 million people. Rural residents will gain better health from improved environmental and sanitary conditions. Special focus will be given to vulnerable households within the program areas for improved sanitation facilities.