02 Nov 2013 18:00pm
OUTAPI, 02 NOV (NAMPA) A multi-million-dollar waste water treatment plant in Outapi of the Omusati Region was officially inaugurated on Friday.
The Outapi Town Council, in partnership with a German-funded non-governmental organisation 'CuveWaters' developed the N.dollars 20 million state-of-the-art pilot project with the aim to improve sanitation in the informal settlements of Outapi.
Amongst others, the project has community showers and toilet facilities which supply used water to the treatment plant, where advanced technology machines treat the water before it is used again at a local community garden.
According to acting chief executive officer of the Outapi Town Council Ananias Nashilongo, the project has recently attracted public and media attention as it is the first of its kind in the country.
Once it has proven to be successful, it will be spread to other towns in Namibia because the country aims to improve the sanitation of the informal settlements in all regions.
The project was developed by the Technical University of Damstadt in Germany and is being funded by the German government.
In a speech read on her behalf by her Special Adviser, Reverend Fillipus Kashima during the inauguration function, Omusati Regional Governor Sophia Shaningwa explained that the project was initiated after the need for safe, sustainable and accessible sanitation facilities in the informal settlement was identified.
Shaningwa believes the project bears positive impact on the livelihoods of the residents of Outapis informal settlements of Onhimbu, Okaye-kOngwe, Shack Dwellers' Federation and Tobias Hainyeko.
The plants waste water treatment system comprises of 15 community showers, 14 toilets and 30 cluster units connected to 60 houses.
The treated water is then used for irrigation in a two-hectare gardening project.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Outapi CuveWaters project manager, Dr Thomas Kruger indicated that CuveWaters is a joint project of the Institute for Social-Ecological Research and the Technische Universtat Damstadt in Germany.
The plant was named after the towns late chief executive officer (CEO) Oswin Onesmus Namakalu, who is said to have played a vital role in the realisation of the project before his death earlier this year.