General News of Tuesday, 7 March 2017
The Ghana Water Company will in the coming days announce an increment in water prices to make up for rising treatment cost arising out of the gravity of pollution of its sources of raw water.
The latest decision comes on the back of the shutdown of some water treatment plants in some parts of the country, including Ashanti, Eastern, Central and Western regions.
The shutdown was necessitated by the activities of illegal miners in these regions, which has caused the sources of water for the water company to be polluted, resulting in high cost of treatment cost.
Reports of acute water shortage surfaced last week in the affected regions due to the pollution of some river bodies by illegal miners popularly referred to as galamsey operators.
Head of Ghana Water Company, Stanley Martey told 3FM the severity of the pollution demands a lot more treatment, making the cost of production very high.
“Because of the severity of the pollution, treatment has become very expensive, and the PURC has no option than to increase the prices in the coming days”, he revealed He has urged all to join in the fight against galamsey. He said: “The fight against galamsey is one that involves all of us.
The chiefs should be cautious in giving out the lands and we as citizens should also ensure that, we do all possible to stop their activities, through dialoguing”.