Aug 132011

The 11th of August the E-CAP project organized a vacuum sewer workshop, held in Gibeon, Hardap Region. The meeting was attended by 45 people including representatives of six Village and Town Councils, Engineers and Contractors, relevant Decision Makers and members of the Performance Support Teams (PST).

The objectives of the meeting were:
– To workshop the results of the Performance Support Team process
– To enhance understanding of water supply, waste water management
– To involve stakeholders to directly handle challenges of the vacuum sewer sysystems
– To involve engineers, operators and decision makers in the sustainable solution cycle

Three presentations were given, one covered water supply concerns in three Hardap Region Villages – Gibeon, Kalkrand and Stampriet. The second presentation covered implementation and outcomes of the Vacuum Sewer Systems installed in six towns and villages in Namibia. A third presentation covered the findings related to integration of vacuum sewer systems into the existing environment of the six Local Authorities assessed.

Vacuum workshop
Participants listening to a presentation by Walter Holch, a member of the E-CAP project team.

The workshop itself took place in three sessions with individual groups comprised of the several interest groups present: individual Village/Town Councils, Engineers and Contractors, Decision Makers. During the first session, the several groups identified their expectations for the meeting. These were found to correlate well with the established objectives. During the second workshop session, the groups discussed their various experiences of the vacuum sewer system and what they themselves had done to address identified challenges. The third workshop session entailed each group working to establish an Activity Plan that would address the challenges identified.

For more information about this meeting and the E-CAP project, please contact Fransiska Nghitila.

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