Via Arab News: Sanitation problems resurface in Jeddah neighborhoods. Excerpt:
The issue of sewage leakage in Al-Safa and Al-Faisaliah in Jeddah has resurfaced, causing concern among residents of these neighborhoods about breeding of mosquitoes and consequent dengue fever.
The municipality of Al-Faisaliah has identified more than 200 houses as the source of sewage leakage, which has led to sewage stagnation on the main roads and side streets of the area.
Several residents, speaking to Arab News, said that some residents were directing sewage water from their homes to the streets, intentionally or unintentionally. The absence of fines and penalties, they claim, was only exacerbating the problem and causing health risks for everyone.
Hussein Fawaz and Ghalib Al-Nu’man, both residents of the Al-Safa neighborhood, said the leaking sewage water from residences is evident as one walks along the inner streets of the district. They wonder how the owners of such houses feel to be surrounded by muddy water, as they seem to have no regard for the fact that these swamps could turn into breeding grounds for mosquitoes and insects that cause many diseases, including dengue fever.
Mohammed Magali, Hassan Shoiei and Ibrahim Sayadiasid, who are also residents of the area, pointed out that the numerous parks in the neighborhood were full of sewage water. The situation, they said, was causing panic and fear since they have the potential to spread diseases among young children and families visiting the parks.