RWANDA: Kigali will Construct a €8 Million Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant.

Posted on : Friday , 21st October 2022

RWANDA: Kigali will Construct a €8 Million Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant.

The Lake Victoria Basin Commission and the Water and Sanitation Company (WASAC) of Rwanda have signed a contract (LVBC). The partnership is focused on constructing a sewage sludge treatment facility to suit Kigali's sanitary demands.

A sewage sludge treatment facility will shortly be built in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. An agreement recently signed by the Rwandan Water and Sanitation Company (WASAC) and the Lake Victoria Basin Commission has this as its goal (LVBC). The Kicukiro district's Kabuga is where the plant will be constructed.

But WASAC intends to carry out a feasibility assessment first, before going on to the construction phase. The objective is to construct a 500 m3 plant. The dried sludge will be applied to crops as fertiliser. The installation will cost 8.1 million euros, and it will be operational in three years. Within the scope of the Lake Victoria Integrated Water Resources Management Programme, this sanitation project is being carried out (LV-IWRM).

Taking steps to reduce the risk of pollution in Lake Victoria

The regional LV-IWRM programme encompasses the Lake Victoria basin countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda. LVBC hopes to reduce pollution in Lake Victoria through this programme. The faecal matter collected in Kigali is dumped at the Nduba dump by dump trucks. The risk of pollution is high, particularly for the 351-kilometer-long Kagera River, one of Lake Victoria's tributaries.

The largest lake on the African continent becomes less navigable due to the spread of water hyacinth, which suffocates fish. The 2020 launch of the LV-IWRM programme will improve wastewater collection in Kisumu, Kenya, and construct new wastewater treatment facilities in the Tanzanian town of Mwanza.

The German development organisation Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau and the European Union (EU) are providing funds for the program's implementation (KfW). Because Lake Victoria's basin is home to more than 45 million people, the LV-IWRM initiative is essential.


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