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[Ambassador report] Water Pollution in Ghana

by Justice Obiri | 24-08-2019 12:50 Comments 9 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Water Pollution in Ghana

Among the key things humans need to survive on this earth, water happens to be one of them. As the saying goes "water is life. One cannot live without water, which only proves its essence in human life. Many of our foods such as fish, crabs, and lobsters live in water. As a matter of fact keeping our water bodies safe and clean is expected of us.


In Ghana, there are various water bodies such as the rivers, seas, lakes, wells, lagoons, springs etc. Among those water bodies, rivers are used significantly in the country. Rivers are among the most important sources of fresh water in the country and contaminating it will not only harm us as humans but also the aquatic ecosystems.


River pollution is a form of pollution that refers to the contamination of rivers. It occurs when waste and different other pollutants are discharged into rivers without being properly treated. In Ghana and many other African countries, it has generally been a serious problem.


There are many causes of river pollution which include illegal mining activities, dumping of refuse in the rivers, the use of DDT to fish among others. Illegal mining activities are one of the very major causes as far as river pollution is concerned.  Many rivers in Ghana such as the Pra River, Birim River and River Ankobra get polluted the most in the country due to the illegal mining activities in those areas.


One will be wondering why everything is centered on illegal mining activities as a major cause of river pollution in Ghana. 

It is because when extracting gold, one needs mercury for the processing and the excess mercury left is thrown back in our river. This contaminates the water and renders it not portable. In short, it pollutes it.

The country is not at a very critical stage as far as river pollution is concerned but the major problem the country is faced with in terms of pollution of our rivers is in the mining areas where illegal mining activities popularly known as GALAMSEY are in session.


In order to tackle the issue of river pollution, people need to show more care for our environment in general.  There also needs to be a better and far more frequent monitoring of our rivers as well as strict punishment for polluters.


The worst affected areas should come together to work hand in hand and see to the safety of their rivers because having polluted water doesn't only cause huge environmental damage but economic damage.


Improving the quality of our rivers is certainly a very important task that needs to be addressed properly at all levels being it local, regional and national.  Healthy rivers mean healthy environment and healthy environment means a healthy life.


River pollution


Hema  Sapkota

  • Hema Sapkota says :
    Hello Justice

    I hope you are doing well!
    Nice report
    Keep writing
    Thank you so much for this report!

    Looking forward to reading some more reports.
    Green cheers!

    Best regards
    Posted 19-03-2020 11:26

Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello justice
    Very nice
    Thank you so much for this report
    Posted 26-02-2020 21:37

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings justice
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report!
    Very well written and detailed report.

    I hope to read more from you!

    Green cheers
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 29-01-2020 19:32

Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Justice,

    Thank you for your report on river pollution in Ghana and I was saddened to read this report. In fact, clean water is essential for human living standard and without clean water, human are extremely vulnerable to various diseases. Also, it was shocking to read that illegal mining can deteriorate the water. We should stay focused on this issue.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 01-09-2019 23:47

Prakriti  Ghimire

  • Prakriti Ghimire says :
    Dear Obiri, it's a great opportunity for me to learn from your posts. Hope to see you grow and provide us many informational things going on your regions.
    Finally Congratulations to you.
    Posted 26-08-2019 20:04

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    @Arjun I have been hearing a lot about landslides in India on BBC but I didn't know illegal mining was a major cause of it.
    Thanks for the info.
    Posted 25-08-2019 17:48

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Justice

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Water pollution in Ghana. Water is the most important aspect of human life along with all living creature life, most importantly aquatic life but water pollution is affecting it all.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 25-08-2019 17:08

Wonhee Mentor

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Justice Obiri

    Thank you for sharing your report on river pollution and letting us know about the main causes of the pollution. As you have well explained, safe and clean water is crucial for survivals of all creatures but it's often threatened by dumping, illegal hunting and overuse of pesticides. Before reading your report, I didn't know that illegal mining can also deteriorate the quality of river. Thank you for your informative report!

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 25-08-2019 16:58

Arjun Anand

  • Arjun Anand says :
    Dear Obiri,
    I completely agree to your report. India is also facing similar problems due to illegal mining and river pollution, which results in floods , land slides and displacing 1000s of people in that location. Thanks for highlighting this issue!
    Regards ,
    Posted 24-08-2019 18:56

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