Nafasi Water desalination projects in Namibia serve a critical need. Namibia has a population of over 2.5 million people, and is grappling with a national water crisis, as a result of severe droughts.
ABiQ explores Nafasi Water’s desalination and water reclamation projects in Namibia.
What is Nafasi Water?
Nafasi Water, formerly known as Aveng Water, is a 100% black-owned leading water technology and water utility service company. The company was founded in 2003. Nafasi Water has considerable experience in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of complex water treatment plants.
To date, Nafasi Water has successfully treated over 160 billion litres of mine water, and transformed 86 billion litres of sea water to potable quality.
What does Nafasi Water do in Namibia?
Nafasi Water manages a flagship sea-water desalination plant in Namibia.
The Erongo Seawater Desalination Plant
The Erongo seawater desalination plant was designed and constructed by Nafasi Water. The Erongo seawater desalination plant is the first significant seawater desalination plant constructed in Southern Africa. The plant is located approximately 30 kilometres north of Swakopmund.
The Erongo seawater desalination plant was first established to supply water to the Orano’s Trekkopje Uranium Mine. The Erongo seawater desalination plant is capable of delivering 54 000 million m3/year of treated water.
The Erongo seawater desalination plant has since become an important contributor to the overall supply of the potable water delivery system in Namibia. The Enrongo plant supplies water to mines, industries and communities outside the coastal towns. As it stands, the plant’s water demands currently stand at around 20 million cubic metres per annum but can be increased to 45 million cubic metres per annum.
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