Nyarugenge Prison to benefit from the wastewater treatment system, says REMA

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By: Muha .M.

The Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has announced that it is partnering with Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) to improve the management of liquid waste generated from the Nyarugenge Prison.

Through the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project Phase Two (LVEMP II), REMA is initiating the construction works for a wastewater treatment system at the Mageragere-based prison.

The facility will treat, recycle and re-use the waste water generated from the prison, helping to protect the surrounding environment.

The launch of the construction works for the facility began taking place on 7 December 2017, as part of the inaugural Rwanda Green Growth Week – a series of events bringing together policy makers and practitioners to share experiences on green growth and climate resilient development.

Eng. Coletha U. Ruhamya, the Director General of REMA noted “We put a lot of effort and resources into controlling possible sources of pollution that may damage our water bodies and reserves.”

She added that improving waste water management by establishing a state-of-the-art treatment plant at Nyarugenge Prison will go a long way to ensure any potential risk of contaminating surface and groundwater reserves is contained.

The waste water treatment facility will use the cost-effective Low Impact Development Technology (LID Tech) which promotes the recycling and re-use approach.

The system uses environment-friendly and locally-sourced materials and tools in seeking responses to waste water management.

At Nyarugenge Prison, the resulting effluent is expected to be used for irrigation of the Community Sanitation Garden (CSG) to improve agricultural productivity of the prison in dry and rainy seasons.

According to report from REMA, the pilot coverage area is 1.5 hectares that will be partitioned into paddocks of fruits, vegetables and other plants of direct use to the prison.

It is expected that 30 liters per capita per day will be treated and reused for irrigation, which implies the overall water savings and reuse of 360m3.

The construction of the wastewater treatment system will take one month to complete and the facility is expected to be operation by end of December 2017.

The system will cost a total of Rwf 162,591,062 and is co-financed by REMA through LVEMP II (69% of total cost) and RCS (31%).


LVEMP II is a regional project implemented in 5-member states of the East African Community (Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) which, since December 2011, worked to improve the environmental management of selected degraded sub-catchments for the benefits of communities who depend on the natural resources of the Lake Victoria Basin (LVB).

In Rwanda, LVEMP II is implemented under Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA).  The 5 years project closes this year.

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