Sand Winning and Fish Farming affecting Quality Water supply to Anlo

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An investigation conducted by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in some selected communities within the Anlo Constituency in the Keta Municipality has revealed that sand winning and fish farming upstream, close to the banks of the Volta River, has affected the raw water quality processing for the very people who are causing the havoc.

This came to light when the Sector Minister, Joseph Kofi Adda, appeared in Parliament on Tuesday to respond to a question asked by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Clement Kofi Humando, as to “what plans are in place to construct a water treatment clarifier to improve water quality and delivery at the Ghana Water Treatment Plant at Agordormi that supplies drinking water to the Anlo Constituency?”

In his answer to Parliament, the Minster noted that, “the existing water supply system was constructed in 1998, based on the abstraction of surface water from the Volta Lake. It is a conventional treatment plant that treats the raw water and delivers it to a series of transmission mains, booster pumping stations and storage reservoir for onward distribution to customers.

“Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is designed to treat raw water at specific turbidity levels. In view of this, the WTP at Agordomi has been serving its purpose satisfactorily until recently when the Ghana Water Company Limited noticed that the turbidity level of the raw water had increased,” he stated.

He said, “since the water system is a conventional one, it has an in built clarifier to treat raw water. However, it is the negative effect of human activities that has resulted in the poor quality of water for the affected communities”.

In order to address the challenge, Mr, Addah appealed to the MP for Anlo, to assist in addressing this problem, stressing the fact that,

“the Ministry on its own will also work with other stakeholder organisations such as; the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Traditional Authorities and the District Assembly to embark on a campaign efforts to educate the fishing folks on sustainable fishing techniques and to also clamp down on sand winning activities in the area”.

This should improve the water quality for the Anlo Constituency, prayed.

Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah

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