Ghana Water Resents Indiscriminate Human Activities On Water Bodies

Acting Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Ltd., Godwin Dovlo has expressed resentment over the constant pollution of raw water sources by human activities in the country.

Illegal mining, sand winning, tree felling and unscientific methods of farming and fishing have negatively impacted these water bodies and thus, worsened the quality of “our raw water sources in the country,” he indicated.

Addressing participants at the official launch of the World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) test kit in Accra Wednesday, Mr. Dovlo admitted “This situation poses great operational problems for GWCL especially with respect to the high production cost incurred in the use of increased tonnage of chemicals at our treatment plants.”

Being part of pragmatic measures adopted to create awareness on the need for water quality, Mr. Dovlo was optimistic that the project would help manage the long standing pollution issues the company has been grappling with.

The WWMC is an EU supported project aimed at improving water quality and health situation in Ghana. Experts pointed out it would also ensure high quality, sustainable national water quality testing, monitoring and surveillance within the service areas of the company.

Consumers, on the other hand, could also test the water quality by themselves using the kits.

Frederick Addae, Director of Water at the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, who spoke for the sector minister, Collins Dauda, mentioned that government’s vision to providing water for all by 2025 would hit the rocks should the quality of water be poor.

“It is therefore imperative to ensure that in our drive towards a hundred per cent water coverage, quality is not sacrificed,” he added.

The minister further explained that the lack of safe water was a health concern since it played a pivotal role as an agent in the spread of diseases as well as putting unnecessary pressure on health facilities.

The Institutional Manager of Vitens Evides International, Martin Nijsse noted that training and the supply of new and modern equipment formed part of the project and therefore, “we need all involved partners to work together closely.”

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