TitleFeasibility Study for the construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant at UNAM Katima Mulilo Campus
Type of project

Feasibility Study, Planning & Design of a WWTP

ClientUniversity of Namibia (UNAM)
Origin of fundingKfW Development Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Duration05/2023 - 12/2023

A “Situational analysis of the sewer system of Katima Mulilo town: implications for the University of Namibia’s campuses in Katima Mulilo” was prepared by the Task Force on Environmental Compliance of the University of Namibia (UNAM), describing the situation as:

  • The Katima Mulilo town sewer system is dysfunctional and requires urgent action if potential environmental and health disasters are to be avoided.
  • The University of Namibia (UNAM) has a fully-fledged campus in Katima Mulilo and is currently expanding by constructing the infrastructure for the Department of Wildlife Management and Tourism Studies not far from the existing campus, financed by KfW as part of the bilateral Financial Cooperation between Germany and the Republic of Namibia. The existing campus is connected to the Katima Mulilo Town Council (KMTC) sewer system while the new expansion would have to be connected after completion.
  • The current dysfunctional nature of the Katima Mulilo town sewer system creates a big challenge for UNAM in that it is not possible to connect the new development to the sewer system in its current state. The existing campus already faces problems with its connection to the town sewer system.

The following recommendation was given to ease pressure on the dysfunctional KMTC sewer system and secure operative running of the campus extension: Construction of UNAM’s own wastewater treatment plant: UNAM should construct its own wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) which would cater for the Department of Wildlife Management and Tourism Studies, but should also connect the existing campus, which should then be disconnected from the town’s sewer system.

Specific tasks of the assignment will include:

  • Audit and report on the existing UNAM sewage infrastructure
  • Update on state of the local authority’s sewage treatment capacity / capability.
  • Update on national and local legislation considering the findings of the a.m. base-line study.
  • Formulate requirements for a WWTP serving the existing UNAM campus as well as the extension campus
  • Determine a suitable location for the plant and areas for the use of reclaimed water.
  • Asses suitable technical solutions for the WWTP and suggest a most suitable solution including future operation and maintenance services etc.
  • Assess estimated costs of the required investment for the most suitable technical solution and its operation and maintenance.
  • Outline with UNAM options regarding the procurement procedure.
  • Present the findings and proposals for location and technical solutions with preliminary cost estimates.
  • With the evaluation of different WWTP systems and technologies conduct environmental and social scoping which is then followed for the selected technology by a full EIA, required for environmental clearance certification.
  • Preparation of a Preliminary Design of the most suitable WWTP solution.