|Overview : |
The Government of Botswana (GoB), through the Department of Energy (DOE), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing a project titled “Promoting production and utilization of Biogas from Agro-waste in South-Eastern Botswana (Biogas Project)”. The Biogas Project seeks to facilitate low-carbon investments in the production and utilization of biogas from agro-waste in South-Eastern Botswana. The project aims to assist the government through the following three components:
Institutional strengthening and capacity development;
- Facilitation and establishment of biogas plants; and
- Setting up of utilization and knowledge platform
The Biogas Project aims to support the Water Utilities Corporation in their mandate to enforce and monitor the discharge of wastewater from industries into the sewer line and/or environment. Monitoring is done through the physical inspection of industries, sampling and testing of wastewater and feedback to industries. Each industry is expected to sign a Trade Effluent Agreement (TEA) with WUC. This agreement states that the industry is not allowed to discharge effluent not compliant to BOS93: Water Quality – Wastewater Specification – Physical, Microbiological and Chemical Requirements. The industry is therefore obligated to install, as is required, pre-treatment equipment to ensure compliance to this standard. Failure to adhere to the standard results in the industry being fined and/or not allowed to discharge into the sewer system.