Area 18B Residents Mad after Damaged Sewer Pipe Goes Weeks Not Fixed
Residents of Area 18B in Lilongwe have expressed concern over unattended sewer pipe which leaked two months ago but the responsible authorities have turned a blind eye. According to the residents around the place, the sewer pipe has been producing a bad smell which forces the residents to always be indoors.
One of the residents, Ruth Mwalwanda says that, the residents fear that if this is not attended to the water pipes close to the sewer pipe might be contaminated.
"I was forced to make a drainage using my hands without protective gear just to ensure that my vegetable garden is not affected as the sewage was just stagnant, “explained Mwalwanda.
Block leader for the area, Annie Ng'oma told Zodiak Online that they have been seeing people coming on the site, but nothing has changed, now they are planning to take the matter to authorities.
"In the past two months, officials from either Malawi Housing Corporation - MHC or City Council came twice, but the sewer pipe was not fixed. Now the situation is out of hand, as the smell is too much. We want to physically lodge a complaint to their offices," said Ng'oma.
Malawi Housing Corporation spokesperson, Ernestina Lunguzi, says that they have sent their officers to fix the sewer pipe.
"We have received a report today, and our maintenance team went on the site and they have rectified the problem. However, we have noticed that it's a main sewer line belonging to Lilongwe City Council," she said.
In 2017, the other part of the area, Area 18A people consumed water mixed with sewage, after a sewer pipe that was broken contaminated with a Lilongwe Water Board water pipe.