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Automated water quality monitoring project launched by Botswana Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism

Botswana Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Honorable Phildha Nani Kereng, together with the German Ambassador to Botswana, His Excellency Mr. Ralf Breth launched and handed over an automated Water Quality Monitoring project for the Okavango and Chobe rivers which was designed and supplied by Umwelt- und Ingenieurtechnik GmbH Dresden (UIT). This project was founded by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the German Development Bank (KfW) as support to the Kavango–Zambezi (KAZA) Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA).

The project’s objective is to monitor chemical and biological constituents of water, such as Electrical conductivity (EC), Dissolved Oxygen (LDO), Redox potential (ORP), pH, Turbidity, Nitrate, Ammonia, Chlorophyll, Temperature and Water level in the two river systems with a view to detect and address water pollution risks.

The project which has installed state-of-the art Multiparameter probes of type MSM-S2 including Data Logging and Telemetry units of type LogTrans at five strategic points provides real time and early warning capacities for effective monitoring of water quality and address pollution risks from various sources including tourism facilities, industries, agriculture and domestic waste.

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Latest modification: 14.11.2018