Ghana water experts head to wastewater workshop

A university researcher is leading a week-long event on improving wastewater treatment in Ghana.

Parneet Paul, of De Montford University's water software systems research group, is holding the event in Accra, the capital of the west African country.

The event, which started on May 19, has been attended by local scientists, researchers and engineers.

The workshop is focusing on new sanitation methods to treat, reduce and reuse wastewater that is generated by hospitals, slaughterhouses, city markets and local businesses.

Mr Paul says that organisations in Ghana do not have the financial resources for the advanced wastewater treatment systems that are used in Europe.

"Recent technological developments and a continuing radical change in attitude towards waste generation mean that new, low-cost solutions are increasingly becoming available for developing countries," he added.

Mr Paul aims to embark on extensive field visits to advise on low-cost, sustainable water systems which can be based in Ghana's heavily urbanised areas.

The Water Software Systems Research Group was founded in 1980. It researches real and wastewater systems with an aim to validate the results with industrial applications.



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