Board of Directors Agrees on Course of Action to Respond to Septic Tank CrisisWritten by Tamrat Gebregiorgis
Addressing the problems of liquid discharges from septic tanks built inside the Bole Beshale Sunshine Community Village in a sustainable manner is one of the five major issues Board of Directors of the Home Owners' Association is concerned. The way in which the septic tanks were designed was to let the liquid purified in a filtering process, for discharges onto the lush field behind the south-eastern side of the compound.
This was not to be. Allocations of plots by the city administration for further development of housing projects brought the plan to an abrupt end. Construction works progressing by couples of apartment blocs by housing cooperatives neighbouring Bole Beshale Sunshine Community Village blocked passage for the liquid discharges.
Regrettably, this has caused stress to the homeowners and residents in the immediate distance to the septic tanks, while poses a significant threat to the community as a whole. Neither will there be a quick fix to the problems, considering the major infrastructure works required to build an outlet to the public sewerage line nearby.
Based on a complaint lodged by a homeowner, the Board of Directors has deliberated on the seriousness of the issue during their extraordinary meeting held inside the Association’s Office, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
Albeit sharp debates on the course of actions needed to be taken to respond to the potential crisis, Board of Directors has agreed to take four measures in a concurrent manner.
- There should be trucks deployed to transport the liquid discharge as immediately as it can be done;
- The Board should start engagement with leaders of the neighbourhood cooperatives to reach into shared concerns and explore a common ground for best course of actions;
- Based on the consensus to be reached with these cooperatives, the Board should initiate formal engagement with senior management staff members of Sunshine Construction Plc; and,
- The tripartite parties – the Board, the Cooperatives and Sunshine Construction – would take their appeals to the local authorities at the wereda and district offices of Bole for lasting resolutions of the problem. In the meantime, the Board has agreed to petition homeowners inside the Village in its bid to let them voice the grave concerns for the community.