Water is in short supply in northern Namibia, the most densely settled part of the country. In the past, the water supply has come entirely from canals leading from neighboring Angola. But these are often dilapidated and inefficient. Now, the German Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) has discovered a massive reservoir 300 meters underground in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin.
Over 10,000 years old, the reservoir extends all the way to Angola and contains enough water to supply the entire region for 400 years. The BGR is now working closely with the Namibia Water Corporation to see how the water supply can be managed sustainably.