Erongo, especially the coast, has the least rainfall in Namibia, with the traditional supply from the Omdel and Kuiseb schemes not properly replenished for several years.
Mutjavikua, however, did not elaborate on the terms involved in “acquiring” the N$3 billion dollar plant.
President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan has plans to build a desalination plant with a capacity of producing 25 million cubic metre per year capacity by the end of 2019.
Having such a plant is a “non-debatable option”, agriculture minister John Mutorwa has said.
Areva Resources, which owns the Trekkopje mine, and Rio Tinto, which owns the Rössing mine, are struggling to get government on board to help establish a desalination regime that could supplement Namibia’s water needs.
While Rössing is still planning to build a small plant, Areva has already invested billions in the construction of its plant.