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Abuja residents raise alarm over dump sites on water sources

By Grace Samuel

Residents of the Jahi Community in the Federal Capital Territory have expressed deep concern over the adverse impact of an open dumpsite on their water sources.

The uncovered landfill is reportedly polluting their water, posing a threat to their health, and leading to various illnesses, particularly in areas near the landfill with a high risk of groundwater contamination due to leachate release.

NatureNews gathered on Monday, January 8, 2024, that the contamination of groundwater resources presents a significant risk to both local residents and the natural environment.

Mr. Yaks, a resident who spoke to Nature News, highlighted the difficulties faced in the region due to poor water quality, making it unsuitable for human consumption.

He attributed the deteriorating water quality to the negative effects of the Jahi waste dump, forcing many residents to purchase drinkable water.

Miss Abigail Barnabas, another resident, emphasized the harmful consequences of the foul odor emanating from the landfill on human health.

She pointed out that uncontrolled waste disposal contributes to climate change, explaining, “When both organic and inorganic waste are dumped together, it results in the release of strong odors. Over time, the gases emitted from these waste materials rise and deplete the ozone layer, directly polluting the environment and adversely affecting climate change and human well-being.”

Highlighting the impact on respiratory health, she warned, “Burning such wastes can have negative effects on our respiratory health. People with pre-existing respiratory issues are more likely to be affected, causing further harm to their respiratory systems.”

Furthermore, Barnabas noted that improper waste disposal leads to soil, water, and air pollution, posing a threat to aquatic life, organisms in the soil, and wildlife.

The continuous illegal dumping of waste not only causes a decline in property value but can also attract criminal activities when areas are transformed into illegal dumpsites.

The residents are calling for urgent intervention to address the pollution of their water sources, emphasizing the need for proper waste management practices to mitigate the environmental and health risks associated with the open dumpsite in Jahi.


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