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Water Resources Commission advocates increase water storage to avoid scarcity

The Water Resources Commission says the country needs to increase its water storage facilities to ensure citizens always have constantaccess to water.

Speaking on JoyNews’ The Pulse the executive director, Benjamin Ben Yaw Ampomah noted that there is an imbalance water supply across the country. He said that is the reason why some areas always seem not to have enough.

According to him, the situation can be curtailed when water storage facilities are constructed in all regions so that areas in need can be supplied with the excess from other sources.

Mr Ampomah also added, though Ghana is not in a state to import water, the situation may change for the worse if stringent measures are not put in place to preserve water and water bodies.

He went further to outline measures that will protect the water bodies. One of them he stress is the reuse of water by industries.

“Most industries are now being made aware of the fact that if you take a small quantity of water to process your product make sure you do it in such a way that you maximise the value of the water you’re using and make sure you don’t put it into the environment otherwise there will be sanctioned,” he said.

Another efficient use of water according to Mr Ampomah is instituting incentive packages for companies that use water efficiently to encourage them and also encourage others to do the same.

The Water Resources Commission boss talked about an ongoing investigation to ascertain why some of the river systems in the country are losing its good quality.

The Volta River System which takes 70% of the country’s water resources is graded fairly good in terms of quality. The level of pollution is not significantly high and so it can be used.

The Southern river system which takes 22% of the country’s water resources has been graded poor in quality and has been deteriorating since the latter part of 2018.

These water bodies include the Pra, Brim, Offin, Tano, Ankobra and Bia which Ghana shares with Cote D’Ivoire.

Mr. Ankomah said the coastal river system which consists of the Dansu, Ayanesu and Kakum is fairly good in quality but warned the quality could be compromised if attention is not given to it.

Enumerating plans to preserve the water bodies, Mr Ampomsah said, “what we did then was this general ban on illegal mining which preserved the water bodies. I think also the focus on education has gone down so we need to step it up. The communities involved should also be targeted and that they need to preserve it for their own good,”

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