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Something good about Eucalyptus trees

29 February 2012, 14:18 Tony Ndung'u Karomo

When everybody else is busy cutting and demolishing any Eucalyptus tree from their land, the Meru water and sewerage services company has been utilizing this allegedly dreaded water sucking species of flora.

Eucalyptus tree has been known for its unbelievable ability to take up water from the soil in higher capacity leading to depletion of amounts of moisture.

Their underneath meshwork of roots explore distances in probe of moisture-often endangering the local plant community. This has led to cutting these trees around rivers and other sources of water.

Since 1974, the Meru water and sewerage services has been using this species of Eucalyptus globulos pseudoglobulus as it is known to botanists to drain effluence discharged from the sewage ponds.

Explaining the reasons behind this method of effluence disposal, Mr. Stanley Mbae, the MEWASS general manager said that these trees have played a great part in ensuring that the waste is not directed to the water sources.

However, he said, the soil covered by the trees in the one acre portion of land where the waste is discharged to has now become laden with amounts of liquid waste which is higher than the rate of uptake.

“We will soon devise a new method as the soil has now been concentrated with the effluence since the early years of colonialism.  The trees have played a crucial part in reduction of malaria where it would be impossible in terms of space and the growing population in Meru town. In chorus, they also take part gaseous exchange.” Says Mbae in his office.

According to Mustafa Omar, a worker whose duties are to patrol the sewage plant ensuring that all mechanisms are met, the Meru Sewerage plant is the most efficient in delivering and has least odor due to correct handling and manning of the plant.
He explains that after phagocetetive process takes place in presence of algae for 21 days, the toxic waste is discharged from the Maturation Pond through an underground meshwork of 24 metal pipes each 50 cm wide.

The interconnected pipes distribute effluence to the ground through holes punched on their surface at intervals where the roots absorb it.

I think it’s time we plant these trees near our latrines in rural areas to avoid building new latrines every time they are filled up.

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