Free desalinated water for local authorities

Water is life

15 May 2020 | Business

Tommie Gouws; Managing Director; “… this will greatly assist in maintaining hygienic standards during the lockdown stages …”

Swakopmund

Orano Mining Namibia announced today that it will donate 200 million litres of desalinated water worth approximately N$6 million to local authorities in the coastal area.

Managing director of Orano Mining Namibia Tommie Gouws said the donation was done to support government’s relief efforts and to address economic challenges triggered by Covid-19.

“The donation is aimed at alleviating needs and to ensure continued access to clean water during the lockdown stages for the communities of Henties Bay, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Arandis.”

Gouws said that clean water is a key hygienic element in the fight against the virus.

“We believe this will greatly assist in maintaining hygienic standards during the lockdown stages and beyond, as we continue to mobilize national efforts. More importantly, the donation will benefit communities who are struggling to pay their water bills at this time.”

The once-off donation is a provision of bulk water at no charge and will be spread over two months covering April and May. It will be distributed via NamWater from the Erongo Desalination Plant (EDP).

“We hope this will bring some relief from the economic pressures faced by local authorities as they endeavour to provide free water to the communities in our region.”

Orano Mining Namibia also donated sanitizer gel, surgical gloves and surgical masks valued at approximately N$30 000 to the Erongo Regional Command of the Namibian Police in April. This donation was distributed to NamPol and Namibia Defence Force members jointly stationed at 16 stations that formed the centre of the Covid-19 response in the region.

The EDP was originally built to supply water for Orano’s Trekkopje mine near Arandis. The mine is currently still in care and maintenance as a result of continued low uranium prices.

However, the state of care and maintenance was seen as an opportunity by Orano to supply water to NamWater to assist with the Erongo region’s water requirements, which had, as a result of the fast developments in the uranium and other sectors, placed undue strain on the region’s scarce water resources.

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