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Rukira leads Aqua Services

New Aqua Services and Engineering, Managing Director Luther Rukira next to Chris Stöck who is stepping down as MD.

Luther Rukira is the new managing director of Windhoek firm, Aqua Services & Engineering (ASE), a Veolia company. Rukira takes over from co-founder Chris Stöck who led the company for the past 21 years.  Rukira has an extensive background in water supply and infrastructure throughout Namibia, having served as the General Manager Water Supply at the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater) for the past five years.

He started his career as a hydrologist at the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry just after Independence in 1990, before joining NamWater in 1999. Rukira also served as technical advisor on several international Water Commissions.
He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Namibia and a M.Sc. in Hydrology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels in Belgium.  
“It is with excitement that the Board of Directors and staff of ASE welcome Luther to drive its future development as the principal technological partner and service provider to the water industry in Namibia,” the firm said in a statement.
“The focus will be to expand the existing capabilities of ASE in the development, engineering, erection and maintenance of water and waste water treatment facilities, as well as to enhance supply and service capabilities relating to commodity and specialty chemicals for water treatment and mining.”
Rukira, who took over on Monday this week said he is ‘delighted’ to join the ASE team.
“Aqua Services & Engineering is the preferred technology partner for water and waste water treatment solutions in Namibia. I am excited to join this world brand and to provide solutions to the challenges that the Namibian water industry faces, especially at a time when lack of access to clean water and water shortages are recognised as a real global threat.”  Outgoing MD Chris Stöck congratulated his successor and thanked both the staff and clients for allowing the company to grow over the past two decades.
“It is with gratitude that I want to say ‘goodbye’ today and thus wish to welcome Luther Rukira as the new MD for Aqua Services & Engineering.
With excitement we are looking forward to a bright future of ASE under the leadership of Luther.
“I am looking back with appreciation at 21 years of supporting our community with solutions and services that provide clean potable water and helping to protect the environment through our waste water treatment facilities.
I want to thank all clients, suppliers and employees for placing their trust in ASE,” said Stöck.  
From its base in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial area, ASE that employs 65 people, has been responsible for the construction of more than 150 water and waste water treatment facilities, providing an excellent base to drive the future development of the firm.  
“ASE has gained in-depth knowledge of water treatment in all its facets. Backed by Veolia’s ground-breaking technology, ASE gained the capability to meet any requirements in potable water, waste water and industrial or mining water treatment”, the company said.  
ASE’s Namibian innovations include a trickling filter technology for domestic waste water treatment that has received substantial foreign interest with plants already erected in Tanzania, Angola, the Congo and South Africa.
The company also offers pro-active maintenance and a wide range of chemical supply services, as well as the provision of pre-paid water meters.
“ASE is proud to offer its services while bringing value to both clients and consumers, ensuring that our environment is responsibly maintained.”

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