Rural Water Scarcity – Lesotho

An article written by Lindsay Boyce a guest writer for The Water Project reflected on the imbalances of water availability within Lesotho’s population. “Economically, Lesotho depends on its water resources to create revenue for the country” Boyce writes. This is evident in the high economic value created by projects such as the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Neighbouring countries like South Africa benefit from Lesotho’s water supply to supplement their own in-country resources. In return, Lesotho generates millions of dollars from the sale of its water.

Despite these successes, many rural and urban citizens do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. According to Boyce’s article many “often have to walk for hours just to reach water access points that may or may not be working”.  The government has identified the need to tackle these issues and the Metolong Dam project is currently underway and hopes to make water easily accessible. The project is expected to be completed in 2020. Until this time current water shortages will continue to impact the lives of many.

Boyce concluded that in Lesotho’s case “unlike other African nations it is not the lack of water that is posing a problem in Lesotho. It is the lack of knowledge and technology to create access to lowland and rural populations”.

At Mop Tech we hope to make a visible contribution to the country’s water needs by contributing our engineering knowledge and leveraging technology to deliver sustainable and cost effective solutions.

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