WATER HYACINTH TO BIOGAS PILOT PROJECT LIVINGSTONE creating a "BANANA RE-PUBLIC"
While waste water ponds are not necessarily known as an
environmental asset, the Livingstone waste water ponds
feature quite a spectacular range of wildlife and natural
beauty, as the ponds are directly adjacent to the Mosi o
Tunya National Park. Hippos and crocodiles are living in the
ponds, and the bird life is just exceptional. Also elephants
are among the frequent visitors. However, the excessive
growth of water hyacinths are affecting the waste water
treatment function of the ponds, causing largely untreated
sewage water to flow into the Zambezi, just upstream of
the Victoria Falls
Livingfalls BioPower Ltd has been created as a company with the aim to convert the water hyacinth pest into
environmentally friendly biogas on a sustainable basis,under a
7years BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) contract with South-
ern Water and Sewerage Company. The biogas is to be
piped and sold to the Hotels along the Zambezi water front
as well as to households in Dambwa Site Extension com-
munity, just north of the ponds. The biogas will replace
charcoal,firewood, electricity, and LPG gas as cooking energy.
The intended prepaid biogas sales concept is the first of its kind in the World.
Further information is linked here