Ethiopian authorities have approved the creation of a decentralised wastewater treatment plant in the capital city Addis Ababa.

Lifequest World Corp subsidiary Biopipe Global has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Water Development Commission of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy of the Republic of Ethiopia. Biopipe Global will install a 15m3 sewage treatment plant at one of the Commission’s building.

This plant will serve as a reference site for all future decentralised sewage wastewater projects.

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The US-based company has developed the world’s only scalable onsite sludge and chemical-free sewage wastewater treatment technology. The system provides an onsite wastewater treatment solution which promises no sludge production, odour or noise, coupled with low energy consumption and a flexible and modular design that is highly scalable.

The almost maintenance-free onsite sewage wastewater treatment system treats both grey and black water and the treated water exceeds EU standards for discharge and can be reused for irrigation, flushing and cleaning.

According to water.org, half of Ethiopia’s 105 million population lack access to safe drinking water and 97 million people lack access to improved sanitation.

Tesfaye Tigabu Tedla, Biopipe Global representative for East Africa, acknowledges that Ethiopia has a serious water crisis which accounts for 7.5% of the global water crises: “Recycling water is the preferable solution. I have visited Biopipe plants in the UAE and India and I believe it is the most sustainable, efficient and cost-effective sewage wastewater treatment system in the world.

“There is an enormous opportunity for water recycling in Ethiopia and we are now deeply engaged with both the government and private sector. We have submitted several proposals over the last three months and expect them to turn into orders once the COVID-19 situation improves.”

Biopipe CEO, Enese Kutluca, reinforced that Ethiopia is an important market for the company as they see their product as an ideal onsite sewage wastewater treatment system that could significantly improve the daily lives of Ethiopians. “As in other countries we can compete on price, efficiency, operating expense and deliver nearly 100% reusable water,” said Kutluca.