The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has decried the activities of galamsey operators in local water bodies, which they say is a serious drain on their resources.
Head of Communication at the GWCL, Stanley Martey, says the company is forced to allocate 30 per cent of its budget to buy more chemicals to neutralize water bodies , especially River Pra in the Western region.
“We have identified traces of cyanide and mecury in the Pra river and there is a suspicion that it is not only the Pra River but all other rivers that galamsey operations are ongoing currently in the country. What happens is that illegal miners use mercury and cyanide in the extraction of gold and this is what affects the water body.
“This illegal mining has been going on for a very long time and it pollutes the water to the extent that the levels are quite high so it is becoming very difficult for the Ghana Water Company.This is increasing our cost of production because we have had to use more chemicals to neutralise the water body to make it safe for the consumption.”
Some pollutants feared to be cancer-causing are mostly released into river bodies by galamsey operators which makes water bodies unsafe.