The Bunso Water Treatment Plant in the Eastern Region has been shut down due to
galamsey activities in the area .
The plant, which produces about 60,000 gallons of potable water per day, was shut down on September 4, 2018.
The treatment plant derives its water from upstream Birim River.
When in operation, the plant serves Etukrom, Bunso, including the University for Environment, the Cocoa Village, Linda Dor area and Nsutam.
This is the second time this year that the plant has been closed down. It was earlier shut down in January alongside the Osino Treatment Plant for the same reasons. The latter has remained shut since February this year because of the consistent pollution of downstream Birim River.
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The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) was compelled to shut down the plant due to high pollution, making treatment very expensive.
Currently, the water turbidity, according to the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional GWCL,
"We don't have normal turbidity level, it varies. This morning we are recording turbidity of 11, 000 Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU
Presently, residents of Bunso are relying on private boreholes, rivers
Attempts by the GWCL to sink
He further explained that apart from spending much money in treating the polluted water, the company risked damaging its equipment in the process.
He, however, commended efforts by the anti-
The Eastern Region has four treatment plants, including the one at Bunso.
There is also one at Kyebi that produces 44,000 gallons of water daily.
It was built and inaugurated in March 2014 but had to be shut down for about two months last year due to the negative effects of
The Anyinam Treatment Plant, which produces 30,000 gallons of water daily, has also been shut down for three years now for the same reason.