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Kofi Adda

Time to exploit Ghana’s ground water resources

In the  wake  of  indiscriminate pollution  of the water bodies and  its  associated cost of treatment for  consumption, a proposal has been made for Ghana to consider exploiting  its ground  water  resources.

                                                  

The proponent, Dr Anthony Ewusi, a Geological Engineer at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) said though Ghana is wealthy in ground water resources, the country is yet to realize its full potential.

“Ground water is in abundance in Ghana and I think it is time we exploit it. Countries like Denmark, Germany and others are basically dwelling on their water resources. This is because ground water is  a  cheaper  option  than surface  water.Normally  in  groundwater you don’t require  treatment,”   Dr Ewusi argued.

 

Groundwater is found almost everywhere in Ghana, except some part of the Voltain where economic quantities of groundwater is scarce. Groundwater in Ghana is less susceptible to pollution.

 

Dr Ewusi indicated that quality of groundwater resources in the country is generally good except for some cases of localised pollution and areas with high levels of iron, fluoride and other minerals.

He explained, that there “there are few  cases  where  the   geology affects the quality of ground water but generally  I  think  it is  the  best solution  that we need to  exploit.”

 

Dr Ewusi spoke to Public Agenda recently at the end of a four- day workshop on sustainable mining held for the media at UMaT, Tarkwa, in the Western Region.

While emphasizing the need to for Ghanaians to take care and control the country’s water bodies so as to prevent them from drying up, Dr Ewusi also advised government to initiate a hydro geological survey to map areas where ground water is available in terms of the quality or quantity so  that  it could easily be accessed when the need arises.

 

 

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