Galamsey Three treatment plants likely to shut down - Ministry

The dams are the Barekese dam, the Kyebi Treatment plant and the Daboase water treatment plant.

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The Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing has warned of a likely closure of three major water treatment dams due to the activities of illegal mining.

The dams are the Barekese dam, the Kyebi Treatment plant and the Daboase water treatment plant.

Management of these plants is being forced to shut them down to prevent them from total collapse as a result of activities of galamsey operators.

“The activities of galamsey operators have become a source of worry. As soon as the Minister visits the site, then these operators run into the bush; but whenever we return to our various offices, these guys come back to operate,” the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Abraham Otabil told Accra-based Citi FM.

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He said that the Kibi water treatment plant “is giving an indication that within the next few days, if nothing is done, the treatment plant will be shut down.”

“As we speak now, Barekese in the Ashanti Region is being threatened seriously. We are looking at the Daboase Plant which is also seriously under siege by these galamsey operators,” Mr. Otabil added.

Millions of Ghanaians could lose access to treated water due to the impending closure of three major water treatment dams.

Residents of Bepotenten and Gyamang in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region are currently living in fear after open gullies dug by an illegal miner have been left unclosed.

This has also caused some residents to relocate to nearby communities, abandoning their farm activities to prevent them from falling into the open gullies.

According to a former Assembly Member for Bepotenten, Janet Addei-Gyimah, six children have died as a result of falling into the abandoned pits in the last three years.

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