Namibian capital struggles with human waste load

Namibian capital Windhoek has seen its load of human waste increasing from 28 mega liters per day in 2015 to 38 mega liters today, Khomas regional governor said Wednesday.

Namibia Walvis Bay port
Namibia Walvis Bay port

Khomas region in central Namibia is where the capital city Windhoek is located. The population of Windhoek is estimated to be about 380, 000.

Delivering her state of the region address in Windhoek Wednesday, governor Laura McLoud-Katjirua, said because of the increase, they have plans to expand the Gammams Waste Water Treatment Plant.

“This project will however, require huge investment with the current estimated costs standing at over 450 million Namibian dollars (about 30 million U.S. dollars).

Katjirua said because of the increase in population and the expansion of informal settlements, the Gammams Waste Water Treatment Plant, just a few kilometers from the city centre, was failing to cope with the load.

The governor also said it is important to note that Gammams is the sole supplier of raw water to the Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant, which is one of only three sources of potable water for the City of Windhoek.

For both technical and health reasons, she said, it is important that the quality of the treated water conforms to high standards.

“These standards are non-negotiable. However, due to the increase in the amount of water to be treated; it has become continuously difficult to reach these standards resulting in pressure on the reclamation-processes,” she explained. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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