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Pra River left in terrible state due to the activities of illegal miners.

According to the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) in the Western Region, illegal miners’ operations are causing the quality of water from the Pra River that is abstracted, cleaned, and delivered to people of Sekondi- Takoradi to deteriorate day by day.

GWCL’s laboratory examination at this time reveals extremely high turbidity and color values. The Pra River’s present turbidity is 3,000 NTU (Nephelometric Turbidity Unit), and its color is 9,014 HU (Hezen Units).

According to Nana Yaw Barima Barnie, the business’s communications manager for the Western and Central Regions, if the current trend continues unchecked, it will reach a point where the company will no longer be able to treat the Pra River to provide safe drinking water.

He explained that very soon the water pumps will not even be able abstract this kind of excessively polluted water, since they were designed to abstract water and not to de-silt it.

“The kind of water that is abstracted sometimes looks like mud, which is not meant for the pumps to abstract; and if it continues this way, the plant may be shut down as happened in the Eastern Region during the past. And that is the danger we are all facing in the country in terms of water supply,” he added.

“If it gets to a point where because of the activities of these illegal miners the quality of water is so bad that we cannot treat it, all they can do is to shut down the plant. And can you imagine what the repercussions will be if we have to shut down the plant even for one day? What will happen to the hospitals, schools and other institutions which rely so much on our water?” he asked.

He urged quick action to deal with the galamsey crisis since delaying such action would be disastrous for the residents of Sekondi-Takoradi and, by extension, the entire country.

“These galamsey activities are all over the country. The ban on galamsey was instituted five years ago, and there is no sign that we are winning the battle. We are destroying our own lives because water, they say, is life – and no human being can live the whole day without using water for one thing or another. Unfortunately, as a people we appear helpless in this situation,” he lamented.

He made the point that all of the river bodies’ water quality is declining, and that in order to guarantee the future of the nation, all stakeholders must work together to combat the galamsey threat.

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