Potable water demand in Botswana

Sep 17, 2020 | Botswana, Water

Botswana will require an additional 31 million cubic metres of potable water capacity by 2030.

Botswana is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. Using its forecasting tool, ABiQ predicts its population will grow by 18% over a period of 10 years to 2.8 million from the current 2.4 million.  The surge in population will increase pressure on the water sector and infrastructure.

Additional Requirement for Water

An aging infrastructure with poor maintenance results in wastage of already depleting water resources. Botswana has experienced droughts in the past and a peak in demand for water could result in a crisis.

Ignoring any industrialisation requirements and covering only population demand, ABiQ can predict the country will require an additional 31 million cubic metres of potable water capacity by 2030.

Southern African access to basic drinking water services (% of the population)

Botswana 90.4
Eswatini 69.0
Lesotho 68.7
Namibia 82.5
South Africa 92.8

Source: ABiQ; World Bank (2018)

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