Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) has on Friday launched a water treatment plant in Sojwe that purifies water so residents could have clean water.
The plant is done in collaboration with Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) and one of the BIH network members Hydrocon Green, a local water and clean technologies company. The plant, which took eight months to construct, was financed by BIH to the tune of P700,000.
According to BIH CEO Allan Boshwaen, the water treatment plant seeks to create a sustainable clean and purified water supply that improves the quality of life of local communities. The solution lends itself to the problem of high nitrates and dissolved solids found in water in some parts of Botswana.
“We want to continue to leverage on solar technology to develop solutions for safe and potable drinking water through renewable energy systems and to bring about an improvement in the general quality of life in the rural areas,” Boshwaen said.
The partnership between WUC, Hydrocon and BIH will further the development of testing and implementing local water treatment solutions in rural areas.
Hydrocon Green serves as the technical partner responsible for the design and fabrication of the
On his part, WUC director of sustainability and water resources Gaselemogwe Senai, appreciated the Innovation Hub’s efforts of impacting the lives of locals through their networks.
“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the leadership of Botswana Innovation Hub for their generosity in financing a water project that is expected to provide a great relief to Sojwe and Boataname villages water shortage in view of the positive impact the project will have in the lives of the residents,” he said.
The Sojwe Water Treatment Plant follows a successful commissioning of the first water treatment plant in Zoroga village located in the Nata-Gweta area in July 2017. As part of the project, saline water was brought to drinkable quality levels.
At the same occasion, BIH staff members donated 100 chairs to Sojwe village to be used at the Kgotla. This gesture was a response to the plea from Kgosi for chairs when conducting meetings and BIH found it fit to be a responsible company.