We are fortunate that a linear oasis runs into the sea at the Orange River mouth, a river that gives Oranjemund its name. However, the town’s water supply originates from an alluvial aquifer (ground-water bearing rock) not the river itself, and in the absence of sufficient rainwater, it relies on seepage from the river to recharge/refill it.
In recent years, developments upstream have resulted in increasing levels of water abstraction and therefor lower water flow rates to Oranjemund. These, coupled with the increasingly erratic rainfall patterns predicted for our area in relation to climate change will put more pressure on this scarce resource in future.
Water is an extremely precious resource and we must learn how to use it more sustainably!
Visit the OMD 2030 Hub and Tourist Information Centre and have a look at the facility’s water-wise garden.