Residents in Kisii County have been warned against discharging effluent to rivers to prevent the outbreak and spread of hygiene related diseases.
A survey conducted by a taskforce comprising of the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), public health, water and environment, lands and administration on the extent of pollution of rivers Nyakomisaro and Nyanchwa revealed that a lot of sewage is released to the rivers.
The County Director in charge of Public Health Dr. Richard Onkware disclosed that some homes lack septic tanks and others have them but they empty sewer to the rivers through hidden lines mostly at night.
“The survey pointed out that a number of developers have lines connecting to the main sewer line but they are damaged. Some scoop human waste from latrines and septic tanks and pour it to the rivers while others dump solid waste to the rivers,” he lamented.
He regretted that the water is used downstream causing outbreak of diseases like cholera, typhoid, worms, skin diseases among others.
Onkware said the County Government through the department of Public Health has already taken 20 developers to court.
“We have also issued 16 statutory notices that range between 6 - 24 hours. Upon expiry of the notices and if they are not complied, the individuals will be arrested and arraigned in court,” said the director.
Onkware called on the public to be on a high alert and report individuals polluting the rivers.