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Illegal connections polluting water in Mombasa

By Linah Benyawa | October 26th 2015

The Mombasa Water Supply and Sanitation Company has said that illegal water systems and pipelines have caused contamination of legitimate water sources in Majengo.

The firm says contamination happens when illegal connections pass through sewers and other contaminated places posing a health hazard.

Officials from the water company and county health department have raised the alarm over waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

Managing Director Kombo Rajab Kombo, yesterday disclosed that two people had been arrested after it emerged that more than 100 people have been drinking contaminated water following the illegal connections.

"Today, we realised that two houses in Majengo have illegal connections that have led to waste water contaminating the fresh water supplied by my company. About 100 people have been affected and with the expected El Nino, we fear that cholera and other diseases could crop up," Mr Kombo said.

He said the water company and Mombasa County inspectorate and health department collaborated to ensure locals were using clean water. Kombo said that problem was in Majengo, Ganjoni and Sparki, where there is no sewer system. "We had to check the entire network," he said.

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