Abesim headworks under attack by developers
Date published: October 3, 2012
From Michael Boateng, Sunyani
The quality and life of the Tano River and the Abesim Headworks is in danger due to activities of private developers who have acquired parcels of land along the catchment area of the Ghana Water Company Limited.
The Tano River serves as the only source of raw water which is treated by Ghana Water Company and supplied to Sunyani Municipality and its environs as well as Acherensua in the Asutifi District of Brong-Ahafo.
To meet the increasing demand of treated water in its operational areas, the Abesim Headworks catchment area has been earmarked for future expansion, but the activities of private developers and some dubious illegal mining activities put the Tano River in danger.
Information gathered by The Chronicle from Management of Ghana Water Company indicates that several efforts have been made to stop the activities of both illegal miners and private developers but to no avail.
Though the workers pleaded anonymity, they showed this reporter documents indicating efforts made by their management to deal with the nsituation but to no avail. The irate concerned workers of Ghana Water Company in Sunyani threatened to go on street demonstration to protest against the pollution of the river.
According to the workers if the activities of the encroachers are not checked and the settlements are allowed to develop within the catchment area, supply of water to Sunyani Municipality and its environs will be affected.
Among the negative effects they disclosed includes; pollution, siltation and evaporation of the Tano River, which will eventually lead to the drying up of the river.
The workers alleged that though sign posts were erected to warn possible encroachers, they were all removed. They claimed though report was made to the police, the developers are still developing the land.
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