A Potential Underground Solution to Africa's Water Shortage

A newly discovered aquifer may help solve water shortages
The Etosha Pan at Etosha National Park, Namibia Photograph by Paul Souders

Relief may be coming to the driest nation in southern Africa. The discovery of a 10,000-year-old supply of water in an underground aquifer in northern Namibia, near the border with Angola, could potentially reshape the developing nation’s ability to cope with the effects of climate change and rising population. Lying about 300 meters below the sub-Saharan surface and beneath layers of salt water and hard rock, the fresh supply is cleaner than most of the region’s surface water today. According to geologists, it could satisfy northern Namibia’s basic drinking and irrigation needs for 400 years.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.