Guest Contributor | Mar 20, 2018 | 0
Outapi Town discusses water sanitation
The Outapi Town Council together with the CuveWaters project will launch a unique sanitation project as it faces challenges in providing water, sanitation and a clean environment to all its inhabitants.
Low income settlements in Outapi will have 30 cluster units with a toilet, shower and hand washing facilities each for four households as well as a washhouse with showers, toilets, and laundry washing basins for 200 to 300 people per day.
The waste water is treated and purified for irrigation purposes so that it is free of bacteria but still contains nitrogen and phosphate as a fertilizer for plants.
Community health clubs have been established to properly handle sanitation facilities and explain home hygiene to prevent most common diseases.
The Outapi Town Council is inviting decision-makers, mayors, Chief Executive Officers and technical and environmental (senior) managers of the councils, of other towns in Namibia to present and discuss this approach with them.
Site visits to show off the facilities and a presentation of the approach: will be shown on 30 July with site visits of the whole chain from the sanitation facilities. The waste water treatment and the irrigation site will give all participants insight and hands-on experience of this approach. In the afternoon discussions on the impacts will take place as well as implementation and financing conditions.
The project is established as part of an Integrated Water Resources Management in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin in central-northern Namibia. The project was realised within the German-Namibian research project CuveWaters, which developed several tailored solutions for a decentralised and sustainable water supply for the population of the northern Namibian Cuvelai-Etosha Basin.
Together with practice partners and prospective users, researchers are developing and implementing technologies for rain- and floodwater harvesting and storage, desalination and sanitation and water reuse.
The discussion about this approach will take place at the Outapi Town Lodge 09h30-10h00.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry as well as the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development will also give input regarding financing options of sanitation projects for municipalities.