For this pilot, WFI is partnering with groundwater experts Acacia Water, to assess the water compensation potential of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) techniques. Acacia has performed a feasibility study for MAR techniques for the eThekwini Municipality in Ethiopia.
eThekwini is facing an increasing challenge to meet a growing demand for water on an already existing water gap of 120 Mm3/y, with projections of population growth estimating an increase to 700 Mm3/y without additional measures. Meanwhile the area has is reaching its maximum potential for traditional water provision systems (i.e. dams). Moreover, the area has been hit by heavy flooding events in recent years, with climate change expected to exacerbate these challenges. Investing in alternative ways in water service delivery which use the water surplus of flooding events and make it available for provision.
To support municipalities and public authorities obtain the necessary investments for such complex analysis and solutions, WFI hopes to bring in investments through compensation by linking supply chains originating in the areas facing water scarcity to end producers who aim for a Fair Water Footprint.