Ghana: Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant completed with Hungarian Technology

Hungarian specialist water and wastewater firm, Pureco, designed and built the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant (KWTP).

By Chriselle Moraes on
23rd February 2022

KWTP was designed and built by Pureco on behalf of Ghanaian investor, the Jospong Group of Companies (JGC).

The plant has the capacity to process 1,000 m3/day of liquid waste (i.e. the capacity to receive and treat 150 cesspit tanks of liquid waste trucks in one day).

The KWTP customised wastewater treatment plant was designed and constructed using Septopure technology, a proprietary solution for the treatment of wastewater which was specifically developed by Pureco for the treatment of Kumasi city's wastewater. According to Pureco, the Septopure technology mechanically and biologically cleans incoming raw municipal sewage in a way that significantly lowers its overall environmental impact. 

Layout plan of the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant (@BannermanMiguel Twitter Handle)
Layout plan of the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant (@BannermanMiguel Twitter Handle)

The KWTP plant is located in Adagya, in the Bosmotwe district of Ghana's Ashanti region. 

Construction of the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant commenced in February 2019. The plant was commissioned and put into trial operation in 20 May 2021. The KWTP project is estimated to have cost 13 million euros.

KWTP is the first project to be undertaken by Pureco in Africa. The project is also the first water industry development to be undertaken in Ghana using Hungarian technology. 

Speaking during the commissioning ceremony for the plant, Ghanaian Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, said that the commissioning of the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant is an important milestone in the Ghanaian government's efforts at dealing with liquid waste management in the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan area. "It is my hope and I pray that all the regions will get such state-of-the-art liquid waste treatment plants, and government is ever poised to encourage the private sector to look at this, especially the Jospong Group of Companies, as they have succeeded in providing one which we are commissioning today", she added.

Following the successful implementation of the KWTP project, Pureco is also constructing two more wastewater treatment plants for JGC in Ghana, in the cities of Takoradi and Tamale. Similar to the KWTP, the Takoradi and Tamale plants each have a capacity of 1,000 m3 per day.

The Ghanaian government is also planning to build a wastewater treatment plant in the city of Tema, located 25 kilometres east of Ghana's capital city, Accra. The Tema plant will treat 44,000 m3 of effluent per day from Tema’s sewers, as well as 1,000 m3 of septic tank sludge. The plant will support the existing 20,000 m3/day wastewater treatment plant in the city. Zoomlion, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group, will operate the proposed Tema wastewater treatment plant. Zoomlion also provides waste management services in several cities in Ghana.

The Hungarian President, Mr. János Áder, toured the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant during his recent state visit to Ghana in January this year (2022). The delegation included Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, Tamas Endre Feher, and the Managing Director of Pureco, Mr Balin. They were shown around the facility by Dr Siaw Agyepong (Executive Chairman of JGC), together with Ghana's Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah, and the Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah. 

During the President's visit, an agreement was signed between the Jospong Group of Companies and the Hungarian Government for a €70 million loan to finance the construction of 13 more wastewater treatment plants in several regions of Ghana which don’t have these facilities. The loan will be granted through the Exim Bank of Hungary.

JGC and Pureco will work under a public-private partnership (PPP) to bring the remaining 13 projects to completion. The treated wastewater will be returned to the environment thereby maintaining a healthy environment and reducing the spread of disease. Fertilizer will be made from the sludge and be distributed to farmers for use.

Top Photo: Aerial view of the Kumasi Wastewater Treatment Plant (PureCo Africa |

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