The Neptun water Award 2017 was given away on the 21st of March, the evening before World Water Day
The Project “Ecological water supply and sewage disposal for St. Mary Hospital in Gulu/Uganda” was nominated in the category WasserGLOBAL. Finally, at the end of the night it received the second place. BBM was responsible for the implementation on site, the civilian Technology Office did the planning and Horizont 3000 accompanied the Project.
About the project
The focus of the project was the holistic view of the water cycle: At first they tried to optimize the extraction of the water (incl. use of rainwater), distribution, and storage and wastewater treatment. Important actions were implemented in the course of this holistic view to reduce the consumption water.
The St. Mary Hospital in Lacor, suburb of Gulu in the north of Uganda, was founded in 1959 and is nowadays with 500 beds the second largest hospital in Uganda. Around 4200 persons (staff, patients as well as relatives) are provided with food and water per day. Need for action was occurred because of constant expansions of the hospital. In a wastewater analysis of 2013 the limits were massively overstepped, whereby the drinking water for a lot of people in this region was in danger.
Therefore the Austrian Development Agency and the DKA decided to finance the project by Horizont 3000 for the improvement of the supply situation in St. Mary’s Hospital. The BBM, with decades of experience in the ecological sanitation in East Africa could win the tender together with a Ugandan construction company.
The project is successful because of its great impact on the water cycle, which integrates humans and the nature in the same way.
Details of the Project under: https://bbm.miva.at/en/grossauftrag-lacor/