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Septic tank, borehole must be poles apart, expert warns

 FILE PHOTO: A completed borehole at Rigasa Kaduna State.
FILE PHOTO: A completed borehole at Rigasa Kaduna State.

Property owners have been urged to ensure the septic tank and drilled borehole water in their premises are poles apart to avoid contamination and regular visit to the hospital.

In a submission by the Society of Testing Laboratory Analysts of Nigeria (SoTLAN), the experts noted that it is common practice for property developers and building engineers to build the sewage and borehole side by side in the same compound, a practice which is capable of sending the residents to the hospital on a regular basis.

In a chat with our correspondent at the association’s secretariat in Lagos, the President of SoTLAN, Dr Femi Oyediran, noted that both septic tanks and boreholes or well should be poles apart as the water in every building is used for many purposes such as brushing, bathing, cooking.

“People are more concerned about the water they put in a glass cup to drink, they did not know that the water for bathing, brushing and cooking still end up in the body, hence the need to ensure it is a quality water.”

He urged homeowners and developers to conduct a water analysis on the water in each building to avoid contracting diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

“The implications of not testing the water before consumption is that the quality of the water will not be known, that might end up taking residents of a building into the hospital as some microbes may be ingested.

“Those who treat water in their residential or commercial buildings without testing it first would not know what to treat.

“Treatment should be done after testing the water to avoid using the drugs for a headache to treat stomachache,” he urged.