The villages of Amarika and Akutsima are located where the central water pipelines end. Even though groundwater is available, it is too salty to drink and badly contaminated. In short: it is unhealthy. Led by ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), the CuveWaters international project team has installed four different small-scale groundwater desalination plants in the region. In addition to ISOE, the Technical University Darmstadt, partners from industry, the Namibian Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) were also involved in the plants’ development and implementation. The joint project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).