The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) has assured the general public of a save drinking water despite an incident that led to the contamination of the Tano river yesterday .
An articular truck which was carrying a substance believed to be poisonous from Accra to Tamale was on Monday January 13, involved in an accident at Tanoso near Techiman in the Bono East region.
All communities in Techiman , Tanoso, Chiraa, Duayaw Nkwanta, and Bechem in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions who rely on the Tano river as their source of drinking water and other household chores were cautioned not to use it for any consumption purpose.
A statement signed by Mamoa Elijah, the Offinso North district Director of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) said, ” This release is necessitated by an accident involving an articular truck carrying car battery at Tanoso in the Bono East Region. As a result of the accident, the acid in the battery diluted the water culminating to the death of several aquatic animals including fishes and crocodiles.”
But speaking to Akua Nyarko Abronoma, host of Dinpa anopa bosuo show on Dinpa 91.3FM Tuesday January 14, the Brong Ahafo regional Production Manager of the Ghana Water Company Limited Mr. Habisu Alhassan said,”For us as a company, we deal with acid everyday and we deal with situations like this. There is no cause for alarm with respect to our treatment and the supply of water to the general public.”
He added that, the caution statement issued was directly affecting the people in the communities who rely on the Tano river solely without it being treated.
“Even if the acid was poured close to our site,we have way of treating it. If it was any other chemical, then it would have been something else.”
“This incident will not change the quality of tap water flow, people should not worry about that”,he stressed.
Mr. Habisu Alhassan said, GWCL took time to monitor the situation from Techiman-Tanoso to Abesim and can confidently say, it will not affect the general public in anyway.
He clarified that, the aquatic lives were lost because they could not withstand the acid content in the river that changed its PH.
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