Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the Water Resources and Sanitation Minister has observed that the rising cost of treating water for homes and businesses is a result of galamsey.
A Minister’s Press Briefing in Accra on Wednesday explained that owing to the negative impact of illegal mining, especially those mining on water bodies, many water treatment equipment clogs and breaks down, requiring huge amounts of money to fix them and thereby increasing the cost of treating water which in turn may be passed on to the consumer.
“We all saw the bad water that was going through our machines. It’s very painful that government has to borrow money or look for funding to construct infrastructure (water systems) to provide potable water to all of us, and we have a few of muddying the water and destroying the water bodies with chemicals.
“We have machines that get clogged up every week and it would have to be dismantled and cleaned or replaced at a cost, so surely, it augments our cost, and if the cost goes high naturally, we have to recoup some money to buy more machines,” Madam Cecilia Dapaah said.
The sector Minister also clarified that the government’s plans to ensure that Accra is the cleanest city In Africa are on course.
She noted that “ this government discontinued the sanitation day program of the previous NDC administration because they view sanitation and cleaning the environment as an everyday thing and not something to be done monthly.
“I believe, and it’s in line with His Excellency’s vision that every day is a sanitation day. We should not wait for one month before we clean our environment.
“Every house has its environment, it’s our duty as citizens to make sure that as we have our bath and clean our homes, we should also clean our environment,” she sa