Monday, March 8, 2021

WUC to disconnect pit latrine and septic tank services

Following the completion of sewage infrastructure construction in all Self Help Housing Agency in Gaborone in 2012 Water Utilities Corporation intends to discontinue septic tank and pit latrine emptying services late this year as a way of encouraging residents to connect to the sewage.
This was disclosed by the WUC Corporate Communication Manager Matilda Mmipi. The households in the affected areas she said is therefore urged to connect to the network and discontinue the use of pit latrines and septic tanks.
Mmepi said that the Corporation is concerned that low numbers of households in the area has since connected or applied for connection to the network which has cost government millions of pula. The under utilization of the network she explains is resulting in insufficient flows which causes blockages and foul odours in the environment due to the poor self cleansing of the system.
Standard connection fee for plots of up to 450m is P840, which customers can pay in instalments and connect after final payment.
A survey of Old Naledi shows that some residents still feel that the amount being asked to connect to the net work is too high. Harold Olorile who says that he has inherited his two rooms yard from his deceased parents, said that though most people who own houses feel that it was important that they connect to the network , they cannot afford it as they are not working.
“There is high unemployment in this area so people simply cannot afford to pay the amount. I am one of such people and there are a lot more in my situation in the area,” he said.
Asked what he thinks should be done, Olorile says that government should asses them all and find ways of making those who can afford to pay for the service to pay. Asked if discontinuing the septic tank and latrine emptying will force people to comply he said, “Maybe but it will also punish unemployed and orphaned people like me.”|
The idea of the network was to help reduce the amount of human waste ending up contaminating the water table.

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