End of open sewer benefits Cancer Hospital and Morro dos Macacos residents

End of open sewer benefits Cancer Hospital and Morro dos Macacos residents
End of open sewer benefits Cancer Hospital and Morro dos Macacos residents

Living with open sewers ended for residents of a part of Morro dos Macacos, in Vila Isabel. Work carried out by the Águas do Rio concessionaire was responsible for channeling 23,000 liters of waste that were dumped daily in a ditch by 100 homes. The intervention will also benefit doctors and patients at the Cancer Hospital (HCIII), located in the region. Complaints against the strong odor were common in the hospital, which specializes in treating breast cancer.

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Living with open sewers ended for residents of a part of Morro dos Macacos, in Vila Isabel. Work carried out by the Águas do Rio concessionaire was responsible for channeling 23,000 liters of waste that were dumped daily in a ditch by 100 homes. The intervention will also benefit doctors and patients at the Cancer Hospital (HCIII), located in the region. Complaints against the strong odor were common in the hospital, which specializes in treating breast cancer.

— For many years that ditch was a nuisance to patients and hospital staff. Some people even mistakenly thought that the sewage was from the hospital. Now the ditch will continue to exist, but carrying only rainwater. The hospital wins and the community wins,” said Eduardo Pelosi, administrator of HCIII.

Work to end open sewage in Morro dos Macacos Photo: Publicity/Águas do Rio

— Sanitation prevents diseases and promotes health, improves the quality of life of the population and even the productivity of individuals. We are concerned with providing sanitation, but also with positively impacting people’s lives,” said Guilherme Campos, superintendent director of communities at the concessionaire. The work on the slope included the creation of a new separator network linked to the central network that now takes sewage to the treatment plant and prevents waste from being dumped into the river water network.

— Since I was a child, sewage flowed down the street with an unbearable smell. When it rained a lot, sewage came in under the doors of the houses. Thank God the stench is gone. Often in the heat I had to close the windows because of the odor and the flies,” said resident Hélia Rodrigues, 47.


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