Water technology for Ethiopia

The Water Technology sector provides top-quality water. In so doing it keeps pressure on the living environment as low as possible. If we are advancing knowledge and technology, we can develop to produce drinking and industrial water of the highest level. We can also increasing our income more than what our country earns this day by selling power for neighboring countries. In addition, for increasing clean water supply for all Ethiopian, Water technology is applied and properly engaged. This also applies to our knowledge of and technology for the purification and reuse of wastewater.

The international market for water technology is large. It mainly offers opportunities for local and integrated solutions for the supply of water and for technology for the use and reuse of freshwater.

For all components of the Water Technology sector, 4 innovation themes have been formulated:
• Water for All
• More Crop per Drop
• Water & Energy
• Water & IT

• Water for All

Water for All comprises the production of drinking and industrial water, and the purification of wastewater at a minimum cost. The scope of this market is estimated globally at € 50-60 billion per year. The strong growth of this market goes hand in hand with the rising global need for fresh water as a source of drinking and industrial water.

New wastewater purification technology is needed to be able to provide a sustainable, good quality supply of water without burdening the environment. The demand for this technology is in part driven by more stringent legislation and higher quality standards. Even we try to addressing clean water for all; we cannot reach our target in the long run. In rural areas and some main cities found in Ethiopia are under insufficiency of water.

• More Crops per Drop

More Crop per Drop focuses on a high quality freshwater supply for food production. There is much to be gained by using innovative and sustainable solutions for closing water cycles. Developing and scaling up the best practices in the sector and creating mutual understanding in water sector is best alternatives. When Ethiopian pastoralist and Farmers use the rain and other water sources properly, they can produce surplus products. As an extension of the agriculture and horticulture sectors, the food industry is facing the challenge of dealing efficiently with scarce raw materials. It needs to make processes more sustainable as a condition for a license to produce as well.

• Water & Energy

Water & Energy focuses on making the processes for the energy production industry more sustainable. It also focuses on new forms of clean energy based on water technology. Our energy need is increasing from time to time. Based on the need of the society, we can use various sources of energy like wind, geothermal and solar energy sources.

The use of water in the energy sector continues to rise. With the growth of the Ethiopian’s population and the growing demand for energy, this trend must be reversed. Alternative forms of energy generation based on water technology are expected to contribute to the other sources of energy.

• Water & IT

Water & IT focuses on expanding the efficiency of water technology by checking water quality using automatic sensing & monitoring. Certain changes are comes in various cities and rural areas of Ethiopia. It also focuses on optimal control of the water chain (process control). This offers opportunities to significantly improve the processes of water treatment plants. It creates opportunities for a decentralized fit-for-use water treatment as well.

(EWTI-PRCD-12-5-12)