The water majority of Ghanaians use for domestic purposes contain faecal matter, according to the Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS).
As the world celebrate World Water Day to focus on the importance of freshwater and press for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, the water most Ghanaians use is not safe.
The President for CONIWAS, Yaw Attah Arhin, who disclosed this on Morning Update on TV XYZ said eight (8) out ten (10) Ghanaian households use contaminated water.
He said that was according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey conducted in 2017 and 2018 by the Ghana Statistical Service in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service as part of the Global MICS Programme.
He said according to the survey,” Ghana has at least 80 percent access in terms of safe water” but the difficulty is that the quality of the water is sometimes is not too good.”
“We are told by this same report that…8 out of 10 household water is contaminated with faecal contamination of water,” he added.
Arhin said most people especially rural area dwellers rely on contaminated sourcesof water such as wells, ponds dams and rivers for drinking although the access to safe water is improving.
To him, the situation was worrying and went on to urge the government to partner stakeholders such as CONIWAS to ensure that majority of Ghanaians have access to safe drinking water, “we think that this what government should prioritize to ensure everyone has access to safe water.”
“We wish that everybody everywhere has access to safe water,” he added.
World Water Day
This day focuses on the importance of freshwater and presses for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Besides, the day is aimed at raising awareness about 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water resources globally. According to the UN, global water demand is likely to rise by over 50 per cent by 2040.
The theme of World Water Day 2021 is “Valuing Water”. According to the United Nations, “The value of water is about much more than its price.”
This day is celebrated keeping in line with Sustainable Development Goal number 6 which is aimed at achieving water and sanitation by all for 2030.