How to deal with Nairobi's poor drainage system

Using traditional sewer pipes is not the most finest way to heal Nairobi's drainage

Nairobi's poor drainage system
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Every time there is a heavy rainy season in Nairobi it exposes the poor drainage that the city has. 

Roads become unpassable, commuters struggle with their daily activities, and all those with cars still struggle to navigate around the city.

The overnight heavy downpour affects a lot of Kenyans where one strains to cross the road due to excess water and spillage of sewage.

Others are forced to shut their businesses because of flooded areas.

This one you cannot skip, hop, and scotch.  

The stagnated water can easily get contaminated resulting in infections such as Cholera which leads to deaths if not attended to quickly.

Poor drainage systems have been blamed on improper designs and continuous dumping of waste products in the wrong places.

But who are these dumping wastes in the drainage? Do Kenyans take part in creating a poor drainage system?

Charity begins at home meaning proper disposal of waste by Kenyans would be a good start.

Littering can lead to clogging of drainage and sewer systems and when the rains come it will carry the unpleasant waste to the roads.

Having well-maintained drainage systems will help avoid over-spillage of sewage that will be caused by heavy rains.

Using traditional sewer pipes is not the finest way to heal Nairobi's drainage, they tend to corrode and break.

Instead, use thermoplastic pipes, they have a smooth inside surface that will reduce the rate of friction.

They are also cost-effective and easy to clean and maintain.

Another way to fix the city's poor drainage is by revamping underground drainage systems. Separating the sewer system from the rainwater.

By doing this the sewer systems will not be overburdened when the heavy rains take over.

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