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Ghana to Test Groundwater Quality Nationwide Amid Borehole Use Surge

Water Resources Commission Initiates Safety Checks in Response to Growing Dependence on Wells and Boreholes

by Adenike Adeodun

In an ambitious response to the escalating reliance on boreholes and wells for water supply, the Water Resources Commission (WRC) of Ghana is set to undertake a nationwide exercise to test groundwater quality. Announced by the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Freda Akosua Prempeh, this initiative marks a proactive step towards ensuring the safety and sustainability of the country’s water resources amidst growing consumption demands.

Scheduled to commence with pilot projects in the Adentan and Ga West Municipalities of the Greater Accra Region, the exercise is not only a testament to the government’s commitment to public health but also to the environmental integrity of Ghana’s groundwater supplies. The rise in boreholes and well-reliance, particularly in densely populated urban areas, has spurred concerns over water safety—a situation the WRC aims to address head-on.

According to a report by Graphic Online, Minister Prempeh emphasized the importance of this exercise, noting the diverse water supply systems within the municipalities, including a mix of public and private boreholes, piped water, and other sources. This initiative will enable the commission to thoroughly assess groundwater quality, identify potential threats, and educate communities on sustainable water practices.

Highlighting the importance of community engagement and education, the minister assured the public that there is no cause for alarm. This exercise is part of the WRC’s broader mandate to ensure access to quality water for all Ghanaians. She also called on borehole and well owners, particularly those outside the initial catchment areas, to proactively seek testing services from the ministry and commission.

The methodology for the groundwater quality testing exercise involves deploying officials equipped with state-of-the-art technology and wearing identifiable WRC-branded vests to collect water samples. These efforts will be complemented by the use of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies to enhance data collection and analysis efficiency.

Moreover, the initiative will see the WRC collaborate with local authorities and leverage a Data Management System for centralized data storage and management. The minister’s call to action extends to all stakeholders, including politicians, public office holders, NGOs, religious leaders, and anyone who has facilitated the creation of mechanised boreholes, urging them to engage with the ministry or the commission for water testing.

This comprehensive approach underscores Ghana’s dedication to safeguarding its water resources against the backdrop of rapid urbanization and industrialization. By fostering collaboration among government bodies, NGOs, and local communities, and by providing data-driven insights for policymakers, the WRC’s exercise aims to enhance water safety infrastructure and promote long-term sustainability in water consumption.

As Ghana embarks on this critical journey towards securing its water future, the initiative serves as a model for proactive environmental stewardship and public health protection. The engagement and cooperation of the entire community will be pivotal in realizing the goals of this landmark water safety exercise.

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