Water reuse increases yields

Joint research project on wastewater for reuse examines a stabilisation pond system in Namibia

Darmstadt, 16 December 2016. What is a simple way to upgrade wastewater stabilisation pond systems in Africa so that the water can be reused for animal fodder production? Under the direction of Technische Universität Darmstadt, the joint project “EPoNa – upgrading wastewater ponds to generate irrigation water, using the Cuvelai-Etosha basin in Namibia as an example” has been researching into a comprehensive response to this question since the start of September. You can find the press release here.

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The internal kick-off of the research programme WavE “Zukunftsfähige Technologien und Konzepte zur Erhöhung der Wasserverfügbarkeit durch Wasserwiederverwendung und Entsalzung" (future oriented technologies and concepts to increase water availability by water reuse and desalination) funded by BMBF was held in Frankfurt on December 13th and 14th, 2016 and served as a scientific exchange between the different WavE research projects.

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After several months of drying, the final evacuation of the sludge from the first pond took place on November 17th, 2016. The sludge had been accumulating for more than ten years. Due to a good soil conditions, it was possible to clear the pond with heavy machinery.

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On Septembre 27th, 2016, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Cornel and Dipl.-Ing. Jochen Sinn of TU Darmstadt and Mr. Sebastian Schöller, M.Sc. of H.P. Gauff Ingenieure attended the kick-off meeting of the new WavE project EPoNa in Outapi along with the local town council. The first steps for the evacuation of the accumulated sludge from the first pond were discussed and the planning phase was started.

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