Members of Mukuru Community Water Monitoring Team, Water Action Groups and community members met on Thursday 13th April 2017 to discuss the state of sanitation in the informal settlement. The Water Monitoring Team consists of 25 members rooted from 8 zones in the region.
The meeting focused on reporting on the existing ablution blocks in the area and their current states.
- The Nairobi Water Company which from previous meetings was asked to unblock blocked sewer systems had started working on the lower side with the aid of community members who supported with materials needed to get the job done. However, the Water Monitoring team reported that only 3 manholes were unblocked. The company reported that they did not have all the necessary equipment and have not returned to date.
- The team reported that the facilities (bio centers, ablution blocks and water kiosks) were a total of 39 all combined in the region. All of them are dysfunctional. It was noted that the major problem in most of them was lack of water. However, the plenary noted that the facilities had varying problems. This was cited as poor maintenance and some are incomplete.
- The water pipes in the region had been illegally broken to access water. Usually the temporary connected pipes run in the same lines which the sewer runs. The sewer is reported to often have access to water in the broken pipes. Hence, it is feared that water is contaminated and could pose serious health hazards.
Hakijamii will continue to hold meetings in the informal settlement. The Water Action Groups and Water Monitoring Team were also encouraged to write a letter addressed to the Athi water company seeking reasons for the incomplete sewer connections.