Young fisherman at Lake Victoria. Fish is an important source of income in the region.
Photo: © Jen Watson/shutterstock

27.07.2018

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The “VicinAqua” project, supported by the European Union, aims to develop an efficient, flexible and robust system for wastewater treatment and reuse in aquaculture.

Started in June 2016, the EU-African project “VicinAqua” has been developing an efficient, flexible and robust system for wastewater treatment and reuse in Lake Victoria Basin, Africa. Eleven industrial, research and public organisations from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Malta, Tanzania and Uganda conceived the VicinAqua novel solutions as a tailor-made response to the growing needs for sanitation and water and food supply of local inhabitants and industries, reducing stress on the sensitive ecosystems of Lake Victoria. The project is coordinated by Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689427.

VicinAqua follows an integrated approach to develop a sustainable combined wastewater treatment and recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) for water reuse –  for example in agriculture – and an aquaculture industry of higher quality in the Lake Victoria Basin. The VicinAqua wastewater treatment unit mainly consists of a novel membrane bioreactor (MBR) with self-cleaning parts avoiding biofouling and the use of chemicals.

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