World Water Day
Today is the World Water Day. Focus on Cabo Verde!
An isolated archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, Cabo Verde has always had to deal with very limited water resources. With no surface water (river or lake), the country is also seeing its underground resources diminish due to insufficient rainfall. This phenomenon is aggravated by climate change, and Cabo Verde must constantly increase its production of drinking water by desalinating sea water.
This technology, which is very energy-intensive, leads to increased costs for the public operators, which cannot be passed on to water tariffs that are already higher than in Europe. Funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Cabo Verde, and implemented by LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency, the CVE/389 - Water and sanitation sector support programme supports operators in the construction of innovative infrastructures.
The island of Brava will soon be equipped with the country's first 100% solar seawater desalination unit. Three hundred cubic metres of drinking water will be produced every day without using fossil fuels. This will guarantee access to water for the island's population, but also the sustainability of Aguabrava, the programme partner in charge of this new infrastructure.↑ Haut de la page