Pollution of water bodies by Galamsey at an alarming rate – Water Resources Commission
The Water Resources Commission has warned that pollution induced by illegal mining of the Bia and Tano rivers is reaching alarming proportions.
According to the Commission, the pollution rate is similar to levels that sparked outrage in neighboring Ivory Coast in 2017.
Speaking at a two-day transformational dialogue hosted by Sunyani University of Energy and Natural Resources, Commission Executive Secretary Ben Ampomah said available data points to worrying levels of turbidity. of the two bodies of water.
Images of water bodies displayed during the dialogue showed highly polluted Offin, Annuru and Tano rivers in the Ashanti and Western regions.
The footage drew strong reactions from Ahafo Ano South East MP Francis Manu Adabor, Bono Traditional Council representative Nana Kofi Bediako, Bono Regional Minister Justina Owusu Banahene and Technical Advisor to the Minister of Lands Ben Aryee.
Stakeholders called for government action.
Meanwhile, the Commission revealed that Ghana is on the verge of creating a rift with Ivory Coast due to the increasing pollution of the Bia River.
This is because the Bia River runs through their sewage treatment plants.
In addition, the two-day dialogue is expected to result in a communiqué on new solutions in the effective management of small-scale or artisanal mining in the country.