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Ethiopia: US Company to Supply Water Treatment and Purification Technologies

The American based global chemical manufacturer, Dow chemical Co. (DOW), announced it is on the way to offer water treatment and purification technologies to Ethiopia’s market.

The announcement was made at a press conference held on Wednesday, March 12, 2015 Zakia Bahjou, regional commercial manager of the Middle East and Africa Region (ME&A) at the DOW water and Process Solutions, a subsidiary of DOW. Bahjou noted the company is ready to deliver water treatment technologies targeting the municipal, residential and industrial segments in Ethiopia.

Bahjou stated Davis & Shirtliff Trading Ethiopia PLC and Chemex PLC are the companies DOW chose to supply ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis technologies in the Ethiopian market.

According to Fabian Creus, technical support & development manager for the ME&A at DOW, these technologies are effective in treating and purifying industrial waste waters. At this point sugar, leather and beverage industries are the top areas where the company is looking forward to supply in addition to the municipalities and households including purifying tap water.  

DOW is known for providing treatment equipment, water conditions including water suspended soils, salinity, hardness, trace elements and the likes.

According to Joseph Anamipu, general manager of DOW chemical Ethiopia, the products are expected to enter the local markets in the coming six months.

It was recalled by Bahjou and Anamipu that DOW has introduced a herbicide named pallas 45 OD six months ago. The product is especially manufactured for teff and dubbed as a “sugar grain”.

DOW, led by Andrew Liveris was established in 1897. It has branches in 40 countries employing some 54,000 employees and currently channels specialized products to 160 nations. It gets an annual profit of 57 billion USD last year.

Even though, water resources are scarce in most parts of Middle East and Africa and access to clean water is a headache, there are countries where their water supply is above purification standards. For instance in Sweden, it is not common to find bottled water served at public places for even in restaurants and many public areas notices are hanged which read “tap water is 100 percent pure and safe for drinking”.

Source: The Reporter