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Biggs, D. and Williams, R. A case study of integrated water resource management in Windhoek, Namibia


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A case study of integrated water resource management in Windhoek, Namibia.

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Integrated water resource management is crucial in meeting and managing the increasing water demand in Namibia. Recent studies have shown that as part of that process both water demand management measures and non-conventional water supply augmentation schemes are considerably cheaper than developing more traditional pipeline schemes. This paper presents a case study of Windhoek, describing the different initiatives adopted by the municipality in conjunction with the bulk water supplier, NamWater and the Department of Water Affairs in the Government to integrate traditional supply systems, WDM and non-conventional supply initiatives to manage and meet this demand. The case study provides an indication of what can be achieved and what are feasible and practical interventions. The case study shows that lessons that have been and continued to be learnt in Windhoek can apply to many other areas in Namibia as a way to promote sustainable water resource use yet meet increased demand. Keywords: Integrated water resource management, supply augmentation, conjunctive use, water demand management.

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