Water Bodies Losing Wholesomeness, putting SDGs in Critical Condition.
Sunyani, December 11, 2022
Ghana is sitting on a time bomb and likely to resort to potable water importation for citizens, a situation that would favor “only the financially fits” in society and kill the ordinary innocent Ghanaians.
Water and environmental experts who spoke to thefourlens.com during an environmental watch tour are in gripped fear that the increasing pollution of water tributaries through poor sanitation practices coupled with the galamsey could create a persisting canker to endanger the health of Ghanaians and the economy.
This is as a result of continues allowing scrupulous human activities to get the water bodies polluted.
They therefore called for an urgent Legislative Instrument (LI) to deal with perpetrators of activities causing harm to water bodies, making them losing their quality and wholesomeness for consumption.
“A severe drought is likely to hit the country in less than 10 years” a big shark with the Ghana Water Company has predicted.
The fourlens.com reported in (Tirade One) that the minor streams and water bodies in Sunyani have been blocked with woods, concrete blocks, rubbish and other solid materials to stop the streams from their normal and natural flows.
Again, many structures such as houses, churches and hotels were also situated at improper places blocking underground water sources and causing continues flooding in Sunyani in recent days.
In this report, thefourlens.com sources can confirm that some households in Sunyani have deliberately channeled their waste water (sewages) through pipes direct into the streams to heavily contaminate the water resources in the Municipality.
The attitude of continues and heavily dumping household rubbish and other forms of waste into gutters to be carried by drains into the streams are also on the ascendancy and making treatment of water for domestic purposes by the Ghana Water Company too difficult.
These situations are seriously endangering the achievement of Goal 3, 6, and 14 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), thefourlens.com has observed.
The fourlens.com‘s Tirade Two is therefore asking the custodians of the lands and City authorities that:
1. Who sold the building plots?
2. Who issued building permits?
3. Who inspected the buildings project?
4. If estate developers begins building without permits, who is mandated to inspect and monitor to ensure no nuisances were created to degrade or deplete the ecosystem?
The phenomenon of building in minor waterways and persistent cruelty towards the environment and impunity would escalate climate change crises in Ghana if not checked immediately.
Ghana would then have no option than to resort to potable water importation, “the survival of financial fittest would then be applied”.