The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has expressed frustration at the impunity with which illegal miners continue to pollute water bodies, which serve as sources of raw water for treament and consumption.
The state water utility company said it would not hesitate to shut down its plants in areas impacted by illegal mining with the turbidity levels of raw water in those areas exceeding the accepted threshold.
Clifford Braimah, Managing Director (MD) of the utility company, gave this warning while expressing concern about the substantial impact of illegal mining on their operations, appealing for collective efforts to deal with the issue.
In a Public Accounts Committee hearing, Braimah defended the company’s proposed 334 percent tariff increase, explaining that it aims to motivate Ghanaians to assume responsibility by ensuring that the menace of illegal mining activities within their communities were stopped.
“If I had my way, Ghanaians will go and chase away all the galamsayers out of their areas because once the turbidity goes up, we shut the plant. And if you have no alternative access to water, you will take the situation seriously because we stay with the people who pollute the water,” the MD said.
He conceded that should GWCL shut down, it would be difficult for people to access water for their basic needs.
“If you pollute the water and the cost of treatment goes up, why don’t you pay for it because you are making money in one breath polluting the water?”