Stop indiscriminate disposal of solid, liquid waste into drains – WRC cautions

Director of Environmental Quality Department, Water Resources Commission (WRC) under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water, Madam Adwoa Paintsil, has cautioned the public to desist from dumping solid or liquid waste into drains, rivers and lakes.

According to her the persistent indiscriminate disposal of solid and liquid waste into the country’s fresh water bodies was greatly affecting water quality.

She explained that apart from the indiscriminate disposal of waste, farming along river banks and agricultural practices especially with the application of fertilizers, dissolved pesticides and agrochemicals destroy water quality when washed into water bodies.

Madam Paintsil gave the caution at the media launch of the 2019 World Water Day celebration which is slated for March 22, 2019 on the theme, “Leaving No One Behind” in Accra.

According to the Director of Environmental Quality, WRC, her outfit is doing all it can to sustain fresh water bodies as well as to improve water quality.

Madam Paintsil further explained that water quality can be affected through improper handling and storage by the end users. Water quality can be reduce through contamination from the containers used in fetching and storing water by individuals in their homes’

She therefore called on stakeholder institutions including; the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) and other Non-Governmental Organisations to sensitise Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on better ways of waste disposal and the need to discourage others from indiscriminately discarding waste into drains, rivers and lakes.

Meanwhile, the Chief Manager of Water Quality Assurance, Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) Mrs Margaret Macauley, who graced the occasion, implored citizens to drink tap water provided them by her outfit since it is safe human consumption.

She insisted that GWCL-treated water from the taps is more wholesome compared to sachet water, water from unprotected well, as well as surface water, among others.

The Chief Manager of Water Quality Assurance, GWCL announced that the company was piloting a water safety risk-based approach project at its plant in Kwanyarko, in the Central Region with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation to ensure the safety of water for consumption.

She stated that the project would be extended to all its production plants across the country in order to supply quality and safe drinking water to its cliental when ends successful.

Mrs Macauley however, advised the general public to wash their water storage tanks periodically with brush and clean water without soap; saying washing with soap could contaminate the quality of water.

She also called for the implementation of laws, policies, and institutional arrangements to manage the Trans boundary water systems.

On her part, the Country Director of IRC Ghana, Mrs Vida Duti, hinted that the Ghana could not boast of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, Goal Six if it fails to provide safe drinking water for everyone.

The Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) is crystal clear about water for all by 2030, which means government has a responsibility provide water to households.

Mrs Duti revealed that most schools in Ghana lack basic amenities such as safe, quality drinking water which she said is a fundament right and toilets.

The Country Director of IRC Ghana tasked parents to seek answers from school authorities as well as their wards where they eased themselves and source of drinkable water when they go to school, as the absence of these (water and toilet) could negatively affect their wards health.

In another development, the Director of WaterAid Ghana, Mr Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed was of the opinion that citizens need to impress on government to make water accessible to all households as enshrined in SDGs goal 6.

“Currently there is absolutely nothing in the 1992 Republican Constitution that talks about right to water.

“Until we have it as part of our human rights enshrined under chapter 5 of the 1992 Constitution, we would only be telling stories since no one can compel government to provide water for all even though it is signatory to the GDGs,”Mr Mohammed noted.

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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