Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Dr. Clifford Braimah has disclosed that some tributaries of rivers in the northern a part of the country are ‘dying’ due to ‘galamsey’ activities.

According to him, rock sediments and residues from the ‘galamsey’ pits in addition to other activities akin to the desilting of rivers have triggered the tributaries to die.

Speaking on Newsfile, Saturday, Dr. Braimah noted that evaporation because of local weather change and the chopping down of timber has additionally contributed to the scenario.

“If you go to the north, some of the tributaries of our rivers are dying. They are dying because we are creating sediments into the reservoirs and for that matter increase the surface area and because of the climate change, the evaporation is increasing,” he said.

He cautioned that if the activities of unlawful miners are not halted, there could be a vital downside with water provide in the country.

Dr. Braimah pressured that these activities will at some point pressure the GWCL to shut down its pumping machines if the turbidity will get to a degree that the crops can not include.

“Our pumps are not waste water pumps, our pumps are not manufactured to carry grid. Our machines are supposed to carry surface clean portable water and that is what we will have to do,” he added.

Earlier this year, an erratic water scarcity hit some components of the country. The GWCL blamed the scarcity of water on activities of unlawful mining in the numerous water our bodies.

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