Illegal mining, the real threats to Ghana’s water bodies

Statistics available to the Water Resources Commission have discovered the shocking effects of illegal and unregulated mining activities on the country’s water bodies.

The current state of the country’s water bodies which is as a result of unregulated mining activities is also costing the Ghana Water Company substantial amounts in procuring chemicals for the water treatment and supply.

The Director of the Water Resources Commission  of Ghana, Dr. Ben Ampomah who gave  the stunning statistics said the emergence of illegal mining has done more harm than expected over  the period to the country’s water resources and must not be allowed to continue.

He the remarks when the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah together with the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor

and other authorities in the water sector paid a working visit to assess the effects of unregulated mining on the country’s natural resources.

For instance, in 2007, the turbidity level of most waters were around 54 NTU with colour around 200 HU but the  situation has worsened to about 3000 NTU for turbidity and 5000 HU for colour, an expensive venture for water quality management.

Dr. Ampomah said the introduction of the ban on illegal mining between 2013 and 2017, however improved water colour and turbidity but did not last longer due to relaxed measures.

The Director was of the view that enforcing laws regarding unregulated small scale mining was the sure way to improve the life in water bodies and save the country most cost in water treatment.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company, Dr. Clifford Braimah, stressed on the need for stakeholders to pull resources together to address the menace.


Source:|Matthew Dadzie

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