Sunday 26 May, 2019

NWC cites ‘foreign’ items blocking some of its sewage systems

The National Water Commission (NWC) has cited the problem of improper household waste disposal as seriously hampering its efforts to clear overflowing sewer lines, with its work crews finding numerous items that do not belong in the central sewage system.   

In a statement released on Wednesday, the commission said it has been responding daily to cases of overflowing sewage, particularly in the Corporate Area, but its efforts are being negated by the challenges that are being met.

The ‘foreign’ items that are found in the sewage system are said to include household garbage, construction debris, pieces of old furniture, kitchen utensils, disposable diapers, wipes, stones, sticks and other solid waste items. 

The NWC also pointed to fats, oils and grease, particularly from commercial operations, as also contributing to the blockages in the sewer lines.

The commission said the blockages disrupt the proper functioning of its pumping operations and sewage treatment plants in general.

In acknowledging that its sewer systems are old and in need of major rehabilitation and de-silting, the NWC said better care needs to be taken in general with the disposal of garbage.


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