Incatema readies for assembly of the Cambérène WWTP (Senegal)

22 December, 2020

Incatema Consulting & Engineering continues to make progress in the civil works for the Waste Water Treatment Plant of Cambérène, and has taken a further step towards ensuring fulfilment of its execution with the receipt and start of storage of the mechanical equipment that this infrastructure will comprise. The WWTP will service more than 1.619.000 inhabitants and will have an average treatment capacity of 92,000 cubic metres per day, although it will be able to withstand treatment peaks of up to 101,000 cubic metres daily.

In fulfilment of the timeframes established with the client, in the coming month of January we will start to assemble the equipment that will put this WWTP into service. This action is encompassed within the turnkey project that Incatema Consulting & Engineering is executing for the National Sanitation Office of Senegal (ONAS, in its French acronym) with a budget of 32 million euros and that contemplates the design, construction, supply of equipment, functioning tests and commissioning for the remodelling and extension of the existing WWTP.

According to the United Nations, although there is sufficient fresh water on the planet, it is not fairly distributed. “This inequality”, points out the Director of Infrastructures of Incatema Consulting & Engineering, Fernando Díaz, “added to the poor quality of the water and inadequate sanitation in certain places on the planet, affects food safety and the means of subsistence, which makes the commissioning of this type of installations a step forward on the road to development”.

Currently, 45% of the world’s population uses a safely managed sanitation service, defined as an improved sanitation installation that is not shared with other households and where waste is eliminated safely in situ or is transported and treated off-site.

In the case of Sub-Saharan Africa, the proportion of the population that uses potable water services is just 27 %. In areas of low-income cities and towns, a large proportion of the waste water is discharged directly into the nearest surface water drain or into an informal drainage channel, sometimes without or with very little treatment. In addition to household effluents and human waste, hospitals and urban industries, such as small-scale mines and mechanical workshops, often tip highly toxic chemical products and medical waste into the wastewater system.