WEST NILE REGION RECEIVES SECOND SLUDGE AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IN YUMBE DISTRICT AT SHS580 MILLION
By Goodluck Musinguzi
Austrian Red Cross in collaboration with the Uganda Red Cross Society contributed shs580 million to construct a sludge and wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 10,000 liters per day at Imvepi refugee settlement based in Yumbe district. It was designed by Prof . Dr, Charles B Niwagaba and constructed by Ecosan Club Consulting (U) Ltd.
Ms. Lisa Taschler, the Country Representative of the Austrian Red Cross, and Colleague Engineer Sylvester Bett were in Yumbe district to inspect the Sludge and Waste Water Treatment before its officially Commissioned. Eng Grace Kyagaba represented Uganda Red Cross Society.
The project comes at a time when host communities and refugees in Yumbe district have been finding it hard to dispose off waste that has been on the increase. The first sludge and wastewater treatment plant was built in Arua operated by the National Water and Sewage Corporation.
Dr. Charles Niwagaba says to empty sludge in Yumbe district would cost shs 600,000 to over One million shillings for just one trip. After the official launch, the trip of sludge will be shs 200,000 or less because the treatment plant is nearer.
“People have been spending a lot of money to take the sludge to Arua, which is over 100 km away. This treatment plant will save them huge costs, improve the health of host communities and refugees plus save the environment from pollution”, said Prof. Dr Niwagaba
Among the entities that will benefit from this facility is the Office of the Prime Minister(OPM) which operates three refugee settlements, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Many schools and health centers in the area will be relieved as they can drain latrines and septic tanks which are emptied upon filling.
Meanwhile, health officials in Yumbe district are working hard to improve sanitation by proving water to the communities. With a population of 891,000 people, of which 232,742 are South Sudanese refugees, the water coverage in Yumbe district stands at 48% in host communities and 85% in the refugee settlement.