Climate Change Scientists warn of water crisis in Ghana

According to them, the volume of water across the West Africa sub-region has dropped by 30 percent, attributing the challenge to climate change patterns and human factors such as farming and illegal mining along river bodies, among others.

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Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah — Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing

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Scientists at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have warned of imminent water shortage in the near future as a result of changing weather patterns.

According to them, the volume of water across the West Africa sub-region has dropped by 30 percent, attributing the challenge to climate change patterns and human factors such as farming and illegal mining along river bodies, among others.

Dr Joseph Addo Ampofo, Director od CSIR-Water Research Institute, expressed concern Monday in Accra during in house review seminars of CSIR Water Research Institute 2016.

"We are facing challenges with our water bodies principally because there is climate change," Dr Addo Ampofo said.

According to him, Ghana is experiencing dry periods than before, adding that Ghana's originally 70 percent water cover has seen 30 percent reduction over the last 30 years.

He cautioned that most of the country's water bodies may dry up in the coming years.

Dr. Barnabas Amisigo, also with CSIR, called for attitudinal change so as to safe Ghana's water bodies from drying.

He also urged stakeholders to embark on educational campaigns often to sanitize people of the dangers of polluting water bodies.

Nearly half of Africans went without enough clean water for home use during the past year, according according to new findings from Afrobarometer.

Overall, the past decade has seen no improvement in the experience of water scarcity, the report said.

 

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