Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

10 August 2014

Ethiopia: Adama's Water Treatment Plant Gets Upgraded, Optimized With Br270 Million

German company to help with investment boost for water treatment plant to meet growing demand from growing city.

Oromia National Regional State invests 287 million Br for the upgrade and optimization of water treatment plant of Adama City, which was facing 9,000 cubic meter supply deficit in a daily basis.

The Oromia Water, Mineral & Energy Bureau (OWM&EB) signed an agreement with two companies. For the upgrade and optimization of the water plant the Bureau contracted Mena Waters, a German based company, with 197 million Br and awarded Amare Mazengiya General Contractor the installation of 34Kms of pipe lines and construction of 4,500 reservoirs with 90 million Br yesterday August 9, 2014.

"The main reason for the upgrade and the new pipe installations is the supply gap which was caused by the increasing population of the city over the past 10 years," said Yasin Umer, the general manger of Adama City Water and Sewerage Authority.

The water plant is located on the outer edge of the town. The plant has eight treatment plants, two of which are reserves. The plant is operating with the total capacity of supplying 23,000 cubic meters of water to the 350,000 people of the city whose actual demand is 32,000 cubic meters a day.

Mena's optimization and upgrade project will be on six of the treatment plants, according to Yasin,

Beyond Adama City, the plant will provide water to surrounding woredas and kebeles, such as Geferssa, Alem Tena and Wonji Shoa, with a total population of 72,000, according to Teshome Wakjira the communication officer at the bureau.

Beyond this optimization, the bureau has finalized a feasibility study to drill water resources around Modjo, 22Kms away from the City to solve the water problem permanently with a budget of 700 million Br, says Abdurahim Haji, the bureau's deputy general manager. The bureau has passed the study to the federal government and the government of China in the hope of getting funds.

Mena waters upgrade and optimization will increases the current water supply capacity to 47,000 cubic meters on a daily basis. According to the deal signed by the two parties the project will be ended with in one and half years, according to Mengistu Getaneh, area manager of the East Africa branch of Mena Waters.

Oromia Water & Energy Bureau announced the tender for the optimizations and upgrade on January 21, 2014. Mena Waters and Ovivo Aqua, a South African company, participated in the bidding process. The Bureau picked Mena.

Mena, a company that provides water and wastewater treatment services, installed a containerized treatment plant which has a capacity of treating 2400 cubic meter water daily from Gibe River which serves 40,000 people in Bako town which is located in West Shoa Zone of Oromia Region. The project was completed in nine months, and started supplying treated water.

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