14 February 2014

Malawi: Blantyre Has One Functional Sewage System

Blantyre — There is only one sewage system which is working out four main sewage systems which the district has and this has posed health threat to residents in the district.

Blantyre City Council (BCC) Engineering Assistant, Simeon Chiwaya disclosed this to Malawi News Agency on Wednesday.

The district has four main sewage systems namely, Blantyre sewage, Limbe sewage, Soche Sewage and Chirimba and were constructed over 20 years ago when the district had low population.

"Limbe sewage was vandalised, other sewages like Blantyre sewage had its main pipes washed away during 2013 rainy season, and we are yet to re-fix the pipes. The whole sewage systems needs to be maintained, but it needs more money which the city council currently does not have," he said.

Chiwaya added: "The major cause of these sewages not working has been vandalism. I think this is a man made fault that everybody should be concerned with."

He admitted that lack functioning sewage system is posing a health threat to Blantyre residents but said BCC is now conducting maintenance work at Manase sewage.

Chiwaya said a lot of human wastes goes straight into rivers in the absence of the sewages.

"I know once it goes in rivers it poses a threat to people's health since people go for cheap waters in rivers but the council has no choice," he said.

President of Water Users Association Umbrella Body in Blantyre Sheikh Jaafar Kawinga has expressed worry over the development, saying BCC should look seriously on the issue, also considering the growing population.

He said people's lives are at risk in the district and has since urged the council to look for donors who could help them maintain the sewage systems.

"We have always been saying it is very expensive to treat a sick person that to address the cause at an early stage. Imagine those sewages were meant for population in those years and now the population has grown and there is only a single sewage system, do we expect a health city?" wondered Kawinga.

BCC Chief Executive Officer Ted Nandolo recently told media that the council needs close to KI billion to maintain the whole Blantyre sewage system.

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