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Why the World Wants to Learn From Windhoek

Windhoek is hailed as a world leader in water for our Goreangab Water Reclamation plant. The plant was built by the City of Windhoek to reclaim water directly from domestic sewage and has been operational since 1968.

Today water scarcity is a global concern. The United Nations reports that “Water scarcity already affects every continent. Around 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage”

Most recent estimates say that “The world will only have 60% of the water it needs by 2030 without significant global policy change,” according to the United Nations.

Pierre Van REnsburgThis is why the world is looking to Windhoek to learn best the practices in water recycling, as ours is one of the oldest examples of a successful water recycling plant.

99FM’s MYD Earth sat down with Pierre van Rensburg, the Strategic Executive for Infrastructure, Water and Technical Services at the City of Windhoek, to find out more about the Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant and why the world wants to learn from us when it comes to water.

For the full interview with Pierre van Rensburg, take a listen to the MYD Earth show, here :


For the interview with Pierre van Rensburg on Windhoek’s water crisis explained, take a look here : Windhoek’s Water Crisis Explained