Management of water for household, industry and commercial use is one of the main challenges that urban centres face. Many cities around the world increasingly face water stress because of changing climate conditions. One such city is Cape Town, South Africa. Increasingly, policy makers will have to adopt innovative approaches to maximising the use of dwindling resources like water. This will call for increased use of knowledge from scientific research. In the case of Cape Town, one attempt at keeping the taps wet is to tap storm water.
President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the first phase and performed the ground-breaking for the second phase, of the Lirima Gravity Flow Scheme on River Lwakhakha in Bukhoho Sub-County, Namisindwa district.
Funded by the African Development Bank under the Water Supply and Sanitation Program 1, the first phase of the scheme has installed water supplies in the sub counties of Bukokho, Bumbo, Magale, Bubutu, Bunabwana, Butiru and Sisuni.
In a milieu where stakeholders are acutely conscious of the need for environmental protection- and where compliance to standards is indispensable, management of industrial effluent is every factory manager’s nightmare. Bad effluent management practices can be costly to a company. Pollution and destruction of the environment from a firm’s activities, can lead to reputational damage thereby compromising good corporate citizenship that every company seeks to achieve.
A Ugandan-born engineer is working on a technology to tap storm-water as a source of water to supply the water-stressed South African city of Cape Town. This has never been done before in South Africa.
John Okedi, a PhD student of water engineering at the University of Cape Town told The Infrastructure Magazine in an interview that many cities around the world have hitherto tapped storm/rain water, drained it away to the lakes or sea, yet water for consumption in the cities is pumped back from far sources.
Uganda Breweries makers of some of Uganda’s premier beverages, located in Port Bell shores of Lake Victoria has upgraded its effluent treatment plant to handle its expanded production capacity.
The brewer said in a statement that the Shs 20 billion investment effluent treatment plant was made necessary by recent expansion of its original manufacturing plant. “The original ETP was constructed in 2005 to manage a production capacity of 800,000 hectoliters per year. As the business grew over the time, it embarked on an expansion project that was completed in January 2017.”
The African Water Facility (AWF) has committed about Euro 2 million to support the Government of Rwanda to develop 25 year water and sanitation strategic plans, and build capacity for increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene for all its population.
The plans will guide the identification of effective water supply and sanitation projects in the East African country of 12 million people. The grant proceeds will also go towards building various water stakeholders’ capacities to plan, design, finance, implement and manage water and sanitation projects and infrastructure.