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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Ethiopia 2019

Submitted by: Institute of Technology, Ambo University
The Laundry Waste Water Filter: Defending the Environment, Bolstering Public Health, and Securing the Future of Water

The project has used multi-barrier technique for treatment of LWW produced in the engineering campus, housing 7023 students. The treatment technique uses low cost material, easy operational and maintenance technique, and does not use any energy. It introduces a potential option to reuse the treated LWW which is currently being mixed with sewage and increasing the surrounding environmental and water pollutants. Using of LWW will decrease the use of treated potable water and save monthly water charges.

Initial situation
Ambo region of Ethiopia is characterized with severe water shortage which coupled with saline ingress into the areas aquifers has made life very difficult for the rural people. This campus has 12 departments and housing 7023 students. There are 36 dormitories in this campus and each has their own laundry area. Average of 28000 m3/month of water is required for various operations within the campus, which costs 252000 ETB per month .Campus wastewater was disposed into pond and the pond water was connected to the river stream.

Solution
Ambo University’s Institute of Technology entered into a formal agreement with Agua International Water Relief to carry out a series of activities which included the adoption of community service oriented process of implementation including progressive steps towards education (technology transfer), application (capacity building), and replication (community development).

Innovation
The immediate application of action research using industry leading developments in appropriate technology such as biochar as well as time honored traditional methods such as bio sand, as well as experimental approaches using locally available materials such as teff husk for wastewater as multi barrier filtration median wastewater reclamation and responsible sanitation practices. This further enhances, sustainable community development, institutional capacity building, and public health as the while transferring technology which not only has an impact on sanitation but is the critical technological innovation in the development of affordable water treatment.




Capital: Addis Ababa
Official language: Amharic
Total area: 1.104.300 km²
Population: 82.101.998
GDP/Capita/Year: $350
Source: Wikipedia 2012