Weco in « 7 milliards de voisins » – Radio France International

After having participated in the International Water Conference of the African Water Association (AfWA) in Bamako which took place from February 11th to 15th, we were again asked to think about new methods of valorization of water thanks to our participation in the emission “7 milliards de voisins” on RFI. Whether they have delays on the industrial, agricultural or agricultural side, how can wastewater be reconsidered as a resource and not a problem? How to treat and reuse wastewater? Alongside the players in the world of sanitation, Maxym Burel, engineer for WeCo at the opportunity to present our technology with water recycling in closed circuit.

In Europe, 80% of wastewater is released into the environment without treatment.

In Africa, this figure goes up to 95%. According to the CNRS, a Malagasy consumes 10L of water per day while a French uses on average 137L of water per day for his personal needs. It is on these aberrant numbers that the program opened. The opportunity for the various stakeholders to make an overview of the advances and highlights of the use of water in the world. Mr. Bazie, director of the NGO “Eaux vives” informs us, for example, that in Ouagadougou only 10% of the wastewater is treated for later exploitation. Through his organization “Eaux vives”, he is really trying to raise international awareness about the importance of this wastewater treatment.

The WeCo technology: a solution to recycle wastewater

It was also an opportunity for us to showcase our ecological flush toilets that offer a perfect alternative to non-reused wastewater as they incorporate a closed loop wastewater recycling system. What can make some smile, is more shameful for others because in France the water contained in our flushing water is of the same quality as the one that comes out of our faucets and that we consume every day. To contribute to the reduction of this inequality which gives developed countries access to drinking water for the evacuation of toilets while some emerging countries like Mali, Senegal or Niger encounter difficulties of access to the drinking water, we are currently developing projects in these countries to enable local people to benefit from decent and water-efficient sanitation facilities. It is in line with Resolution No. 6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Plan, which aims to “guarantee access for all to water and sanitation and ensure the sustainable management of water resources”. Thus, we wish to install 100 toilets in Niger, are in negotiation with the Cameroonian decision-makers for a project of implantation and likewise for Senegal. In the same time to raise awareness among population from the developed countries about the water problem, we participate in many calls for projects and we hope to adapt the existing technology very soon to the European realities to start the commercialization process.

                    “Remember that a euro invests in sanitation, it is 5 euros of profits for families in Africa because producing drinkable water becomes easier and cheaper if the water is not released into the rivers.”(Richard Connor)

To be listened on : http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20180322-eaux-usees-gaspillage