The Hydrobiology Research Centre of Uvira (CRH-Uvira), one of the partners of the EU-funded LATAWAMA project, implemented by Enabel and Lake Tanganyika Authority, is one of the four Lake Tanganyika Water Monitoring Network reference laboratories and will be responsible for collecting and analyzing water quality data from the northwest side of the Lake. Its rehabilitation and modernization begin in June 2021.
On Tuesday, April 22, 2021, the project team, in collaboration with experts from the University of Burundi and OBUHA technical staff, collected sludge samples from anaerobic basins to determine specific parameters such as viscosity, gross density, dry density, water content, BOD5.
The LATAWAMA project, funded by the European Union and implemented by Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency alongside the Lake Tanganyika Authority, is aware that to mitigate plastic pollution in the Lake Tanganyika basin, there will be no “one fix it all solution”.
However, the strategy to be deployed must be based on the circular economy’s spirit and principles and local communities participation.
Managing effectively 100 kg of biomedical waste from Kigoma Maweni hospital constitutes a major challenge. The LATAWAMA project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Belgian Development Agency, ENABEL, alongside the Lake Tanganyika Authority, rehabilitated this infrastructure and guaranteed its maintenance for the next two years.
Over the past several years, at least two hippopotamuses have been established in the Bujumbura wastewater treatment plant’s ponds, mainly in optional lagoons and maturation ponds.These lagoons provide an adequate habitat for this herbivore that grazes peacefully on the ponds’ banks and edges. Hippos are not the only ones who have established themselves in the treatment basins.