The University Inaugurates Waste Water Treatment Plant

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Posted on: Mar 03,2016

Dire Dawa University celebrated the completion of its Waste water treatment plant on 20 February 2016.

The plant is officially opened by H.E. Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister for Ministry of Education, with the presence of invited Presidents of 14 Universities, guests from GIZ IS and MH Engineering, and higher officials from Dire Dawa City Administration.

Within the scope of MOE financing package for infrastructure development in 13 other Universities of the country, the Dire Dawa University plant became the first to get finished early and fully operational from its day of inauguration.

Opening the ceremony, the University President, Dr. Girma Goro noted that the project had been built with the aim of improving the university living environment and hygiene of the area through water quality improvement and establishment of sewerage facility.                                                                                

He also added that the plant was constructed with a sustainable and cost-effective biological wastewater treatment technology that purifies water using the unique features of aerobic granular biomass.

With the capacity to treat waste water flow of 73.0 m3 / h, it has become the first large scaled Biological Waste Water Treatment Plant in the country.

It’s also learnt that the plant would have a multifaceted benefit; firstly as the plant treats waste water in environmentally friendly way, it will have a guarantee for environmental protection. Secondly, the treated water will be used for irrigation. In addition to this, the dewatered and dried sludge product will be organic fertilizer. Moreover, with the current 196,000 liter per day gas production capacity, the plant would have the potential to generate biogas energy of which benefit again the university in particular and the local communities in general.

As the guest of honor of the event H.E. Dr. Kaba Urgessa, State Minister for Ministry of Education remarks that this kind of water treatment plant would have a remarkable contribution for economic development of the country as it shows the effective way of using water resources wisely.


Dr. Kaba Urgessa also acknowledged the contribution and commitment exhibited by Mr. Addis Gelaw, who is the Contractor of the project and because of this Mr. Addis Gelaw was handed over Letter of Achievement and Trophy by Dr. Kaba.

During site visit, a considerable amount of time for explanation was given to the distinguished guests by the project engineers.

The ceremony was eventually substantiated with short meeting aimed at evaluating the success and failure of other similar projects performance.