Wastewater Treatment Plant Neighborhood in Northern Namibia

#Collaboration, #acceptance, #Capacity Development #southern Africa #community planning
Group photo of the participants of the 3rd Wastewater Treatment Plant Neighborhood Meeting in June 2018 in Outapi, Namibia, taken in front of the wastewater pretreatment facilities.
Participants of the 3rd Wastewater Treatment Plant Neighborhood meeting touring the pilot water reuse plant in Outapi, Namibia in June 2018. Copyright: Project EPoNa.

Considering wastewater management, municipalities in northern Namibia are often unable to meet the challenges of rapid population growth and climate change. The development of solutions such as water reuse for animal feed production can be supported through inter-municipal cooperation.

Against this background, a wastewater treatment neighborhood was established in northern Namibia. This represents a supraregional network of various municipal operators of wastewater ponds. The network is intended to facilitate an exchange of information and experience. Today, the wastewater treatment plant neighborhood consists of a solid core of six municipalities, which form the steering committee. They organize meetings for inter-municipal exchange on a rotational basis. Other villages and settlements (represented by the Regional Councils) participate in meetings of the network. These are held on specific topics such as pump maintenance. By combining inputs from experts and topic-related exchanges, learning processes are enabled and concrete collaboration impulses are created.

The experience of the meetings, which have been held regularly since 2017, shows initial success in building capacity in wastewater management. This includes, in particular, a growing interest in water reuse for agricultural purposes and related knowledge. In addition, concrete needs have been identified that can be initiated with little effort, such as a survey of pumps used in the participating municipalities. Further benefits are expected in the medium to long term. In summary, these are:

  • Exchange of experience, human and technical resources
  • Implementation of joint training measures
  •  Increased negotiating power vis-à-vis contractors and capital providers through joint procurement/commissioning
  • Shared use of infrastructure/machinery
Water resource: Treated water, Wastewater
Type of product:
  • Further products
Application sector: Agriculture, Cities and municipalities, Water resource management
Funding measure: WavE
Project: EPoNa

Contact and partners

Logo ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung
  • ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung,
  • Hamburger Allee 45,
  • 60486 Frankfurt am Main

ISOE – Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung,
Frankfurt am Main
Institut IWAR, TU Darmstadt,
Hochschule Geisenheim - Institut für Gemüsebau
H.P. Gauff Ingenieure GmbH & Co. KG -JBG-
Aqseptence Group GmbH
Universität Witten/Herdecke, Institut für Umwelttechnik und Management

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