ALL HANDS ON DECK! STOP GALAMSEY NOW!
Verily, as we gather on the
16th and the 17th of June to pursue the dream, we are very sensitive as future leaders to touch on issues which are hindrances to our hoped bright future. We pride so much in sharing thoughts as future leaders to eradicate some menaces which our future frowns on.
The theme which the CIIS Hockey Fiesta touches on is embedded in our hearts, so we shall preach it on and on, till the sea is calm.
WATER IS LIFE! SAVE OUR WATER BODIES! STOP GALAMSEY NOW!!!
The imminent threat of Ghana’s water resources running dry in a few years gets scarier by the day. Water Treatment plants are being shut down one after the other due to pollution, largely by activities of illegal gold miners.
The Head of Communications at the Ghana Water Company(GWC), Steve Mantey on the Citi Breakfast Show gave this overview of water bodies that have been polluted. They include the River Pra, Daboase, and River Ankobra.
In the Eastern Region, the river that has been polluted is Birim. Treatment plants in Kyebi had to be shut down due to the pollution of the Birim River, which is beyond treatment, their reason for the closure is that the turbidity of the water to be treated has gone far beyond accepted levels, and any attempt to treat such mud will lead to the breakdown of the plant. There is an old treatment plant in Kyebi, which is not automated and makes treatment more difficult. The course of the Birim River is diverted and totally destroyed such that the waterway can’t be identified. This challenge has compelled the GWC to construct boreholes, which serve small communities.
A greater percentage of the population still do not have access to the water. The problem extends to the Koforidua and New Juaben communities, where waterbodies around that community have been polluted as a result of fishing activities. Formerly, GWC used very minimal levels of chemicals in treating water from the Volta River but the chemical usage is increasing gradually which means that pollution is gradually getting higher.
In Greater Accra Region, the Densu River which supplies water for the treatment plant foe Western Accra and situated around the Weija Dam is polluted as a result of farming activities and industrial waste. The GWC has resorted to using chemicals to address this problem. The pollution is so intense that GWC have had to use lots of chemicals in our Weija Treatment Plant to treat water.
In the Upper West Region, the black Volta is also polluted by Galamsey operations, occasioning the GWC to purchase a new water treatment plant to produce safe drinking water. There is a new treatment plant that is about to be test run to supply water to the Wa Municipality.
The Ashanti Region is battling with Galamsey activities on the Enu River, which serves residents at Konongo. GWC in a bid to address this problem did some work in the area and it is yielding results. Mr. Mantey however commended the chiefs in Barikese, another community in the Ashanti Region, who in his view are “protecting the water bodies in the area”. Source: citi fm
In the Northern Region, the basic activity polluting water bodies is Sand Winning and in the Nawuni River, sand winning is rife and pollutes the river.
In the Brong Ahafo Region, residents have blocked the course of the river at certain intervals such that the water is unable to flow into some areas”. This situation is particularly rife in Sunyani. “Recently, we heard of the lack of water in Sunyani. It was not as a result of equipment malfunction but it was as a result of farming activities. The river courses are blocked to irrigate farms”.
In the Central Region, the Kakum River that supplies Cape Coast have been polluted as a result of Galamsey activities.
Improper mining activities on the whole is rising at an increasing rate.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! STOP GALAMSEY NOW!!!!