Access to fresh water is a constant problem in the deserts of Namibia in south west Africa, but the discovery of a huge aquifer with enough water to last 400 years is set to change that. 5 million cubic metres of water is the conservative estimate of the volume of the precious liquid that is thought to be 10000 years old and of very high quality.
A German engineering project has revealed that the aquifer is 100m below the surface but is under sifficient pressure to make the pumping of it relatively cheap and simple. The aim is to provide clean, safe water for at least half the country's population and the prospects are good for the nomadic Himba people who will be able to water their herds and have some stability in the hostile desert environment.
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