Upgraded water reclamation plant opens in WHK

07 Oct 2014 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – The upgraded Ujams Wastewater Treatment Plant (UWTP) will address the bad smell in the northern industrial part of the capital, and make water fit for irrigation and other economic uses.
This was the view of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Minister Charles Namoloh on Tuesday during the opening of the N.dollars 125 million treatment and water reclamation plant here.
The improved plant treats wastewater for irrigation, landscaping and industrial usage.
It replacec the previous UWTP of the City of Windhoek after 40 years.
The Brakwater/Elisenheim zone in the northern industrial part of the city, which is situated adjacent to the plant, is currently developing at a fast rate.
Complaints about extremely bad smells emanating from the plant are thus regular.
The plant is solely responsible for the treatment of all high-strength industrial effluent generated in the northern industrial area.
The bulk of the effluent and pollution load originate from the Namibian Breweries, Meatco and Nakara factories.
“Through these kinds of projects, the City Council recognises that the challenge to sustain the environment as our city grows and gets denser is to take a long view, prepare well ahead, align efforts and invest in emerging technologies and innovations. However, achieving sustainable development requires each of us in the public and private sectors to make an effort,” he noted.
At the same occasion, Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula boasted that this new plant was upgraded with new technologies with the ability to treat wastewater to a standard which it is not harmful to the ecosystem and the environment.
“The treated water will be made available at a cost for other economic uses such as in gardens and other industries which may require it for their operations. We are satisfied that the partners in this plant have invested in the technologies which will not only improve the quality of water, but also the air quality by addressing the bad smell which for years was emitted from the old plant,” she noted.
Kafula further stated that the council is looking forward to a fruitful and cordial working relationship over the next 20 years, after which the operation contract will expire and the plant will eventually revert back to the City.
The City of Windhoek awarded the contract to the WABAG Group to design, build and operate the plant. With dual headquarters in Chennai, India and Vienna, Austria, WABAG is the largest in the world which specialises in water treatment for municipal and industrial users.