NIMT launches wastewater treatment plant

10 December 2018 | Education

Adelheid Kanjala; Special advisor to Erongo governor “With the ever increasing population, we need to use our water resources sparingly,”

Adolf Kaure - A wastewater treatment plant valued at N$10 million was recently inaugurated at NIMT (Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology) head office in Arandis.

Speaking at the occasion, Germany’s ambassador to Namibia Christian Schlaga said the inauguration of the plant will enable Namibia to address two of its biggest challenges, namely water scarcity and vocational training.

“They are also two of the greatest fields which are part of Germany’s bilateral agreement with Namibia.”

The water purification plants have been added to NIMT’s wide range of training and education units.

According to Schlaga it is also possible for sewerage water to be purified into drinking water in other parts of Namibia.

Windhoek and Singapore are two of the leading cities which purify sewerage water into drinkable water.

Also speaking at the occasion, the governor of the Erongo region’s special advisor, Adelheid Kandjala, said that the plant would benefit the students of NIMT and urged residents to save water.

“Our trainees will be trained in the running and upkeep of these systems. With the ever increasing population, we need to use our water resources sparingly.”

The wastewater treatment plant uses, after the biological treatment, a micro filtration stage to convert wastewater to reusable water for gardening, toilet flushing and car washing at NIMT’s three campuses. Two containerised units were installed at Arandis, two in Keetmanshoop and one at Tsumeb. Each unit has a capacity of 20 cubic metres per day.

The new plants will not only save fresh water, but will also serve to train operations and maintenance personnel in this technology, which with a small donation is also suitable and cost effective for producing drinkable water for smaller users.

These installations were made possible by the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Ludwigsburg (Germany), with donations from the German federal ministry for economic cooperation and development, the Rotary Foundation (USA), the Riehle Foundation and smaller amounts from the Rotary Club Swakopmund as well as the Rotary Club Lüderitz.