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Access to good drinking water fast eluding Ghanaians

Despite the reasonably sufficient water resources, access to good drinking water is gradually eluding Ghanaians, Mr Daniel Muomaala, Western Regional Director of the Aqua-Vitens Rand Limited, operators of Ghana Water Company, has stated.

He said the resource was increasingly becoming scarce and of inferior quality largely due to human activities on water bodies which seriously undermined production as well as quality.

Mr Muomaala who was speaking at the regional celebration of the World Water Day under the theme: “Water for Cities – Responding to Urban Challenges,” mentioned that water pollution was mainly caused by domestic and industrial waste as well as mining run-offs.

He added that one of the biggest challenges of water pollution in recent times is small-scale mining and called for a stronger political will to hunt the situation down.

He added that such uncontrolled activities along and within water bodies limited the ability of the appropriate organisation to harness those water bodies for the use of urban centres.

Mr Joseph Jonah of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, noted that water as a finite substance needed to be well managed in order to avert the shortages that most parts of the country had had to grapple with.

“We seriously need to conserve water, because the population is ever growing and water bodies also depleting,” he added.

Mr Leon Acquaye, Western Regional Manager of the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission, called for innovative strategies and monitoring mechanisms to ensure that people got adequate water supply.

Source: GNA

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