GAWASCO appeal to residents to be patient, sewer problem being addressed

The Garissa Water and Sewerage Company (GAWASCO) has appealed to the town residents to be patient as they tried to address clogged sewer lines.

This follows concern by the residents that the clogged sewer lines that have spilt raw sewer near residential areas might lead to an outbreak of water borne diseases.

And Tuesday, public health officials issued warnings to some eatery joints in Windsor, one of residential estates where the problem has been more pronounced, of possible closure. However, a spot check by KNA on Wednesday showed that the eateries were operating.

Addressing the press in his office on Thursday, GAWASCO MD, Yussuf Mohamed said that the company was aware of the problem and was doing ‘everything humanly possible’ to fix it.

Our technical crew from the sewer department is working round the clock to rectify the situation. We have mobilized all our resources to ensure that all the sewers are unblocked, Yussuf said.

The MD said the company was talking to sister companies among them Nairobi and Nakuru to see whether they could get the services of their modern flashing unit vehicles to help in clearing the lines that have been a menace for long.

He further said the company is trying to work on creating additional manhole units at closer intervals to ensure that it takes a shorter time to clear debris and blockages.

As you are aware, the sewer system in Garissa is over three decades. Initially, it was meant to serve a population of around 11,000. Currently, the population has grown to about 500, 000 overstretching the sewer services, he added.

Yussuf said that although they were trying to work on the current system, the new sewerage system was partly serving Garissa referral hospital and Garissa University among other institutions noting that ‘problem could have been worse’.

He said that soon, the entire town would be connected to the new sewer line.

The MD however, said the residents were partly to blame for the current problem, saying some of them were emptying debris and other wastes that were not meant for the sewerage system hence blocking the lines.

Some have even sunk and connected these lines from their pits direct to this system. We are appealing to them to desist. Let us be part of the solution and not the problem, he said.

Source: Kenya News Agency