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Namibian capital needs "water banks" for dry times

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Namibia's capital, Windhoek, is four years from running out of water should a recent pattern of above-average rains end and it needs to start filling aquifers artificially to counter the threat, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Namibia's capital, Windhoek, is four years from running out of water should a recent pattern of above-average rains end and it needs to start filling aquifers artificially to counter the threat, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

With administrations across Africa struggling to meet the needs of rapidly urbanizing populations, the city of 300,000 in the middle of the arid southwest African nation serves as a perfect test case for better water management.

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