The Kibi Water Treatment Plant in the Eastern region of Ghana remains shut as turbidity of the Birim river hits unprecedented record high due to increase illegal mining activities in and along the birim river bank which is the only source of raw water for the plant.
The Ghana Water Company Limited closed down the Plant about two weeks ago due to the soar turbidity level of the raw water pumped from the polluted Birim river
The Ghana Water Company Limited ,occasionally shuts down the newly built Kibi water treatment Plant since its establishment in 2014 as result of the high pollution level which makes raw water untreatable.
Residents including pupils hassling for water as a result of the intermittent shutdown of the Plant want government to deal with the illegal mining menace to save the Birim river.
Observation tour along the Birim river on Tuesday to commemorate International Day of Action for Rivers ,observed annually on March 14th,noted illegal miners busily mining directly and indirectly in the river ,releasing mercury and cyanide into the river with impunity .
The Birim River which takes its source from the Atiwa Forest range is is a major source of water which serves several thousands of People in Ghana particularly in the Eastern region.The river forms tributary with other rivers.
Emmanuel Akom ,Project Manager -kibi office of Arocha Ghana ,International NGO working to protect the Atiwa forest reserve tells ENA,government must bite the bullet to protect restore the dignity of river bodies in the country in the earnest to mitigate the negative impact the situation is already inflicting on Ghanaians.