Health

Rundu CBD sewage blockage a health hazard

Summary

Residents in Rundu have been complaining about the overflowing of sewage waste from the town’s biggest shopping mall located in the central business district (CBD), terming it disgusting and a health hazard.The sewage pipe at the shopping mall’s traffi…

Residents in Rundu have been complaining about the overflowing of sewage waste from the town’s biggest shopping mall located in the central business district (CBD), terming it disgusting and a health hazard.

The sewage pipe at the shopping mall’s traffic circle frequently becomes blocked, making it unbearable for shoppers and motorists to walk and drive in the CBD.

The Rundu Town Council’s public relations officer, Benjamin Makayi, acknowledged the state of affairs in an interview with Nampa on Monday, saying the technical department dispatched a team on Monday to investigate the ownership of the blocked pipe. It was determined to be the council sewer pipe and it has been unblocked.

“We have also advised the management of the shopping mall to inform their customers such as fast food outlets to stop disposing of used cooking oil in the sewage pipes because that is the cause of the blockages,” said Makayi.

Asked what will happen if the food outlets or the tenants of the mall defy the advice and continue disposing of used oil in the sewage system, Makayi said the health inspector of the Rundu Town Council will take action, which he could not specify.

“The health inspector will know what to do because it is better for the shops to comply since the blockage of the sewage pipes becomes a health hazard to the people,” said Makayi.

The facility manager of Safland property group, Brian Schickerling confirmed to Nampa on Monday that they have asked the town council to do inspections on the tenants that dispose of prohibited items into the sewage system.

“We had a meeting with the town council in November last year where I requested assistance from their health department for them to do an inspection to have a look at the fat traps and they gave penalties to all tenants that defied the order. We have also asked the council to continue doing this in future,” said Schickerling.

The property manager added that their sewage system is new as it was installed five years ago and the pipe blockage problem is also caused by the town’s old sewage system that cannot withstand the pressure of the waste being thrown into it.

Source: Namibia Press Agency