The feces water known in Liberia as “pupu water” has made parts of Monrovia unbearably polluted from the pungent odor encountered, especially at the corner of Mechlin and Broad Streets as well as Gurley and Benson Streets.
The situation has worsened to the extent that people using those areas or plying those streets now consider there as ‘Hold your Nose and Pass,’ as the entire area is polluted from a burst Liberia Water & Sewer tank.
Residents and passers-by who use the streets to tend to their daily activities complain about the health hazard the pollution is causing in that part of the city. Nowadays those passing on Gurley and Benson Streets usually run whenever they reach that particular point.
What is more embarrassing is that vehicles plying the streets sometimes waste the ‘pupu’ (feces) water on pedestrians while speeding. The burst sewage tanks have been leaking feces water for the past three weeks without claiming the attention of Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) authorities.
Report also says that a LWSC’s sewer tank has burst on Mechlin Street thus posing serious health hazard to residents especially children residing there. Residents of these communities are said to be living with the feces.
At the regular Ministry of Information weekly Press Briefing held last Thursday, LWSC Board Chairman Kemmie Weeks, acknowledged the problem but disclosed that the three sewer trucks being used by the Corporation have been down due to mechanical problems.
He promised that efforts are underway to repair the three trucks but to date present nothing has been done to alleviate the sewage problem that is making those particular business areas of the city stink.
The LWSC Board chairman told newsmen that at the MICAT briefing that the Corporation is currently negotiating with an Indian Company for the procurement of a mobile sewer tank that will be economical in terms of the cost. He however did not say to what extent the negotiation has gone.
As the sewage situation intensifies, many residents in the city are suffering from the pollution and are calling on the city government and the LWSC to do something speedily to bring relief to them.