Celebrating potable reclamation

In an effort to find a solution to water scarcity, Namibia remains one of the only places where DPR is practised at a significant scale.

08 October 2018 | Environment

As the Chinese proverb goes, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

And that's exactly what happened in 1968.

But instead of planting trees, the City of Windhoek (CoW) innovatively took the bold step to introduce purified sewage effluent into the drinking water system. Driven by continuous water scarcity and exceptional challenges in term of supply, this very unconventional supply source has been refined and maintained as an important source of supply to the ever-growing city.



World leader

Today, 50 years later, Namibia is regarded as one of the world leaders in Direct Potable Reclamation (DPR) and remains one of the only places in the world where this is practiced on a significant scale and continues to supply the residents of Windhoek with drinking water.

To celebrate this impressive feat, interested parties are now invited to attend a seminar providing a review of the development of DPR over the past five decades as well as challenges and victories along the way.



Developments

A special session will focus on the current developments and future of DPR, not only in Namibia but globally. “This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into this booming phenomenon from global experts from Australasia, Europe and the USA,” the organisers said.

The event takes place at the City of Windhoek headquarters on 18 and 19 October. Participation costs N$850 per person, which covers all conference expenses, including lunch and refreshments as well as admittance to a gala celebration dinner on the Friday evening following the conclusion of the conference.

Tickets can be bought via PayToday.

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