The Upper Swakop Basin includes the city of Windhoek and the towns of Okahandja and Karibib, among other consumers. The Upper Swakop supplies water to the Central Area of Namibia (CAN), which is the major contributor to Namibia’s GDP – a center for many industrial, agricultural, mining and domestic activities, each of them relying on water resources. Because of its arid condition, the security of water supply in this area is strongly dependent on both the quality and quantity of raw water in the Omatako, Von Bach and Swakoppoort dams.
The Namibian Water Corporation Ltd. (NamWater) in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) led a series of meeting to address the pollution and to improve water security of the CAN. The process to establish the Basin Management committee was established by a stakeholder workshop that took place in February 2012.