30 Mar 2017


Dietrich Remmert


Democracy Report



Managing Windhoek’s Water Crisis

Short-Term Success vs Long-Term Uncertainty

The water crisis in Windhoek has been long coming, caused by population growth, urbanisation, economic growth and poor rainfall. This paper notes that “the current crisis was not an unforeseeable phenomenon.” The crisis raises questions beyond the short term, which this paper seeks to address:

This paper will attempt to map out a brief chronology of the water crisis. The description will focus on natural events, policy and technical responses, as well as obstacles. The paper will also consider the water supply and demand situation prior to the crisis. Finally, the author will critically analyse the status and effectiveness to date of the overall water crisis response by the relevant authorities and the public.