O&L celebrates World Environment Day by conserving water

WINDHOEK: The Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group of Companies will put its focus on water conservation in celebrating World Environment Day (WED) on Friday, according to the company’s Group Environmental Manager Stefanus Gariseb.

Every year, the United Nations honours World Environment Day on 05 June to raise awareness about environmental issues and call for action.

In a media statement issued on Monday, Gariseb noted that caring for the environment as well as embracing sustainability has been part and parcel of the company for a number of years.

“This means that all of us have to look after our resources so that we can continue to live on earth. These resources obviously include water – one of the most critical natural elements, which humans are depending on. Water literally is life. Research, however, shows that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide and this could have catastrophic effects in future,” he lamented.

Gariseb raised the concern that water is fast becoming a critical issue in the country with the City of Windhoek calling on rate payers for water savings. Water utility NamWater is also cautioning consumers to use water sparingly as water reservoirs in the country are at a critical level.

About the water usages of the company’s operations, Gariseb said the group thus wants to take the lead in engaging its employees to start saving and using water sparingly.

All O&L employees will take part in competitions at various companies to stand a chance of winning various prizes, according to Gariseb.

“We challenge our employees to share with us what they do in terms of water saving at home or at work. We at O&L believe that we have a part to play in creating the much needed awareness and to support the efforts of the City of Windhoek regarding water saving,” he added.

The O&L Group of Companies consists of Broll Namibia, Dimension Data Namibia, Namibia Dairies, Namibia Breweries, Hangana Seafood, Pick n Pay, Eros Air, Kraatz Marine, Kraatz Steel, O&L Leisure Hotels and Lodges, BrandTribe, O&L Energy, O&L Registered Companies, and Weathermen and Company.