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Kitui Town Residents Decry Filth From Collapsed Sewage Line

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Residents of Site Estate in Kitui Township are up in arms over free flowing effluent from a collapsed sewerage line which they say has left them susceptible to waterborne diseases such as cholera.

Speaking to the press on Monday, area headman Solomon Kimanzi said the sewer line collapsed some fifteen years ago but authorities had turned a blind eye to their incessant plea to have it repaired.

“Our pleas have fallen on deaf. Living in such a filthy environment has become unbearable as the hazardous waste posed health risks to dwellers,” lamented Mr Kimanzi.

Kanyaa Musyoka rued that children often fall ill as they would fetch and play with the effluent when out of parents’ sight.

“We are even forced to escort them to and from school to prevent them from tripping into the effluent or soaking their shoes in it. It’s a nightmare,” she regretted.

Another resident Gregory Kiala complained that the sewerage flow often seeped into the clean water line thereby contaminating the drinking water in hundreds of households.

“Every now and then you find water from the tap having a foul smell due to sewer contamination. We feel neglected and vulnerable,” he pointed out.

The residents now want the county administration, public health officials and NEMA to intervene and bring a permanent solution to the menace and ensure they live in a clean and safe environment.

Residents of Site Estate in Kitui Township are up in arms over free flowing effluent from a collapsed sewerage line which they say has left them susceptible to waterborne diseases such as cholera.

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Speaking to the press on Monday, area headman Solomon Kimanzi said the sewer line collapsed some fifteen years ago but authorities had turned a blind eye to their incessant plea to have it repaired.

“Our pleas have fallen on deaf. Living in such a filthy environment has become unbearable as the hazardous waste posed health risks to dwellers,” lamented Mr Kimanzi.

Kanyaa Musyoka rued that children often fall ill as they would fetch and play with the effluent when out of parents’ sight.

“We are even forced to escort them to and from school to prevent them from tripping into the effluent or soaking their shoes in it. It’s a nightmare,” she regretted.

Another resident Gregory Kiala complained that the sewerage flow often seeped into the clean water line thereby contaminating the drinking water in hundreds of households.

“Every now and then you find water from the tap having a foul smell due to sewer contamination. We feel neglected and vulnerable,” he pointed out.

The residents now want the county administration, public health officials and NEMA to intervene and bring a permanent solution to the menace and ensure they live in a clean and safe environment.


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