CUVE Waters

Success story

Isaac Kariuki Mwangi about scaling-up of rainwater harvesting facilities
Isaac Kariuki Mwangi about rainwater harvesting
Emerita Iipinge about the benefits of CuveWaters
Emerita Iipinge about the benefits of CuveWaters
Selling of vegetables in Epyeshona
Selling of vegetables in Epyeshona

In cooperation with the local population and in collaboration with a Kenyan consultant, the project team built pilot plants at different locations and put them into operation. The central goal of CuveWaters’ ongoing last project phase is the takeover of all the plants by Namibian partners until the project ends in 2015. As a ‘lighthouse project’, CuveWaters might enable further dissemination of the adapted solutions to other areas facing similar challenges.

As an example, Epyeshona already inspired the construction of two other “Green Villages” where rainwater is harvested and used for irrigation purposes. They are in operation in the villages of Onamishu and Omuthiya in the Oshikoto region and run without financial support by CuveWaters.

Implemented plants

  • In the village of Epyeshona, several tanks have been built to collect rainwater: three to catch water from the roofs of individual households (roof catchments) and one to harvest water from the ground (ground catchment). All locations in Epyeshona are equipped with gardens, and most of them with greenhouses. 
  • In the village of Iipopo, the team has built a floodwater harvesting plant. This system collects local flood- and rainwater. It is used for irrigation purposes during the dry season. 
  • In the villages of Amarika and Akutsima, CuveWaters has built four small-scale solar-powered groundwater desalination plants. In 2013 they were officially handed over to the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF).
  • A sanitation concept involving water reuse was implemented in the town Outapi and handed over to its Town Council in 2013. It includes sanitary facilities for individual households, communally-used smaller washhouses for up to five households, and a public washhouse for about 250 people. 

Emerita Iipinge: "Our village really changed"

Emerita Iipinge lives in Epyeshona and has two daughters. She has a ‘homested/family’-rain water harvesting unit. With the water from the rainwater tank she waters a small garden. Emerita is chairman of the farmers operating in the ‘green village Epyshona’. Read more...


Jafet Shipopyeni: "I did not expect this to give us clean water"

Jafet Shipopyeni works at the desalination plant in Akutsima. As a water distributor he allocates the water to the people. They are not only coming from Akutsima but also from neighbouring villages. Everybody has to pay a little fee for the water. Read more...


Moses Shatika: "I am proud of CuveWaters"

Moses Shatika works as Caretaker at the CuveWaters desalination plant in Akutsima. He was trained and certified by CuveWaters in 2011. His training took eight months and he is now employed at the desalination plant. Moses lives in Akutsima and has a son. Read more...