With water shortage looming in capital big construction projects, related activities might be delayed until water reserves are sufficiently restored

WINDHOEK: With a water shortage looming in the capital, big construction projects and related activities might be delayed until water reserves are sufficiently restored.

This warning was issued by a local financial services firm, Simonis Storm Securities in an analysis issued on Friday about the economic effects of water shortages in central Namibia.

They say construction is a large user of water and the large construction projects currently underway exacerbate the problem. It may be that certain construction projects be delayed until water reserves are sufficiently restored.

Namibia’s bulk water supplier, NamWater, has cautioned citizens since 2013 that water reserves will last until September 2016 if there is no inflow into the country’s dams during the next rainy season.

After that date, water supply from boreholes, water recycling and the canal from the north will only be sufficient to satisfy about half the demand.