New Ujams Water Reclamation Plant opened
The upgraded Ujams Water Reclamation Plant is aimed at addressing the bad odours coming from the old plant and to produce water suitable for irrigation and other industrial uses.
The N$125 million treatment and water reclamation plant is upgraded with new technologies, with the ability to treat waste water to a standard that is not harmful to the environment.
It will replace the current plant, which has been in operation for the past 40 years and was solely responsible for the treatment of all effluent, mainly high-strength industrial effluent generated in the Northern Industrial Area.
The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, said at the opening of the new plant yesterday that because of the industrial waste the area and its surroundings had always been engulfed by a strong odour emanating from the plant.
According to him the purpose of this plant is to treat the effluent to an acceptable standard that will address both the smell and produce water fit for irrigation and other uses.
He said the new plant is part of the City’s overall strategy for sustainable development.
The City Council recognises the challenge to sustain the environment as the capital grows and gets denser, said Namoloh.
The new plant is a result of a smart public-private partnership initiative between the City and private investors.
A private investor raised the capital, designed and built the plant; will operate it for 20 year and then hand over the facility to the City of Windhoek.
The mayor of Windhoek, Agnes Kafula, said the council looks forward to a fruitful and cordial working relationship for the next 20 years, after which the operation contract will expire and the plant will revert to the City.
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