Experts at the Ghana Water Company have warned that the country risks importing water for consumption unless illegal mining activities stop.
As the country joins the rest of the world to mark the WHO World Water Day, the experts say the spate of water pollution in Ghana is approaching alarming levels.
According to the Accra West Regional Director of the Ghana Water Company, Ing Peter Deveer, illegal mining activities (galamsey) has badly polluted water bodies in the country resulting in the excessive cost of treatment.
Mr. Deveer made the revelations on the sidelines of a community dialogue programme at Chorkor in Accra.
World Water Day, which is marked on March 22 every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis.
Today, there are over 663 million people worldwide living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
This year's theme, ‘Why waste water?’ is in support of SDG 6.3 on improving water quality and reducing, treating and reusing wastewater.