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Outapi’s Wastewater Ponds Produce Fodder Crops

Freeman Ngulu — Wastewater Engineering Research Group at the Institute IWAR of Technische Universität of Darmstadt is researching ways on how to increase the capacity of Outapi’s 4-step pond system to treat wastewater.

The TU Darmstadt, under the joint project EpoNa since September, is upgrading wastewater ponds to generate irrigation water, while also researching wastewater stabilization pond systems for deployment elsewhere in Africa.

In parallel with upgrading the ponds, the Hochschule Geisenheim University will carry out tests to find the most suitable low-cost irrigation technique, as well as testing different crops and cultivation methods for suitability.

According to Jochen Sinn, the project engineer, if the concept proves effective, the entire plant can be converted, and the town as operator will be able to start extensive, all year round irrigation of fodder crops with wastewater sooner rather than later.

Lagos faces ‘unacceptable’ water and sanitation crisis, UN expert warns

In Lagos, Nigeria, residents navigate the polluted waters of Makoko, a fishing community mostly made up of structures on stilts above Lagos Lagoon, as smog spreads throughout the canals. Photo: UNICEF/Tanya BindraIn Lagos, Nigeria, residents navigate the polluted waters of Makoko, a fishing community mostly made up of structures on stilts above Lagos Lagoon, as smog spreads throughout the canals. Photo: UNICEF/Tanya Bindra

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Nigerian Government to increase funding for water and sanitation in next year’s budget to address the needs of 21 million residents of Lagos, the country’s largest city, which continues to grow while access to basic services dwindles. Léo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, commented on the budget, shortly after it was presented by the State Governor to the Lagos House of Assembly, stating that the Government reports show high deficits in the sector, “representing clearly unacceptable conditions for millions of the megacity’s residents.”

According to Mr. Heller, the annual budget discussion is a chance for the city to take action in providing water and sanitation to the people. He also expressed concerns over the high numbers of vulnerable people. “There is no question that the city’s water and sanitation sector has deteriorated to this point because of the way it has been managed for many years.”

World Water Council elects the City of Dakar and country of Senegal as hosts of 2021 Forum


On Saturday 26 November in Marseille, France, the World Water Council elected the capital city of Dakar and the country of Senegal to host the 9th World Water Forum in 2021.

The selection followed a rigorous evaluation process. The candidature of Dakar was unanimously approved by vote conducted during the 60th meeting of the Board of Governors.

The 9th World Water Forum theme will be “Water Security for Peace and Development.” “I am glad to see the World Water Forum coming back to Africa after the very first Forum in Marrakesh in 1997. The 2021 edition will be a first in the sub-Saharan region, where collective and innovative solutions to water and sanitation challenges are greatly needed,” stated the President of the World Water Council, Benedito Braga.

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Gauteng DWS acts tough on unauthorized water use

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The Department of Water and Sanitation Gauteng Provincial Office has moved swiftly to address the flouting of one of the critical pieces of legislations which are meant to protect and guarantee proper management of water sources.

The Directorate Water Regulation at Gauteng Provincial Office is mandated to ensure compliance with the National Water Act 36 of 1998 in the Upper Vaal Catchment Management Area. According to this Act, water users who do not comply with section 22 of National Water Act 36 of 1998 are issued with unlawful water use notice.

AfDB to sink US $20 million in Port Sudan urgent water and sanitation project


In collaboration with the UK Department of International Development (DfID), the African Development Bank (AfDB) concluded a project identification mission to Port Sudan on December 13, 2016. The mission sought to hold discussions with authorities and stakeholders on the possibility for the AfDB to finance the Port Sudan Priority Water and Sanitation (PSPWS) project as part of its joint efforts with DfID to address Port Sudan’s short-, mediumand long-term water needs.

The PSPWS, which the Bank plans to finance with approximately US $20 million from the Bank’s Transitional Support Facility, is based on the Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) study undertaken by DfID.The SIP defines the urgent, medium- and long-term water and sanitation interventions in Port Sudan. In addition to financing the SIP, DfID has also committed GBP 6 million for capacity building and technical assistance, among others, to support activities identified in the SIP. The objective of the PSPWS project, within this SIP, is to improve the availability and quality of water supply and sanitation services in Port Sudan.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene December 2018 Vol.13 No.6