Water supply wells for Welwitschia Breweries

Client Name
ABInBev Namibia
Otjozondjupa Region, Namibia
  • Hydrogeology


Namibia is the driest Sub-Sahara country due to its unique climate influenced by the Benguela current. Not surprisingly, water resource is scarce and heavily dependent, not only on rainfall amount, but also on rainfall patterns, particularly in the Central Areas where dams are the primary source of water supply.

Since the supplying dam levels lowered to a dramatic 12% at the end of 2016, ABInBev (then SABMiller) engaged with SLR to locate borehole sites for additional sustainable water supply for their operation plant situated in Okahandja (80km north of Windhoek, Namibia’s capital city), much needed to develop further their supply.


ABInBev’s operations require a daily volume of water of 360m3. SLR has planned and managed the successful drilling of four boreholes thus far and additional ones are underway. The project targeted fractures and faults in the complex impermeable rock structures where water flows.


ABInBev is now able to safely draw 720m³ during peak production periods from these new sources of water.