For their safety, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has urged the general population, particularly those who live near the Lower Volta, not to consume water from the Volta Lake.
Gordon Akurugu, the FDA’s Volta Regional Director, said that the recent flooding catastrophe had contaminated the water in the lake near the Lower Volta.
He stated that because sewage, chemicals, and other trash have made their way into the lake, the water from it is quite dangerous for human consumption.
“Residents must desist from using water from the dam because we can’t guarantee the quality and safety of that water for now”, he said.
During an exercise to stop operations of four sachet water-producing enterprises, whose goods have been tainted with bacteria, he delivered the warning while speaking to Myjoyonline.com on Friday. High quantities of mold, yeast, bacteria, and E. coli are present in the water.
Due to certain companies’ failing UV disinfection technology, contaminated sachet water has flooded the market in the South Tongu District, raising worries for the general public’s health.
Two of the halted businesses rely on a borehole, with the third obtaining supply from the Ghana Water Company, while one of them draws water from the lake for manufacturing.
In order to avoid tainted food from being sold on the market, Mr. Akurugu said his organization collaborated with the District Emergency Committee to ensure food sellers did not use lake water.
According to Mr. Akurugu, his organization collaborates with the District Emergency Committee to guarantee that food sellers do not utilize lake water in their operations in order to protect the public from tainted food sold in markets.
He appreciated and applauded organizations’ and individuals’ efforts to provide food and drink to the victims in need.
Following the leakage of the Akosombo Dam, which started on September 15, 2023, around 11 districts in 4 regions have faced severe types of flooding.
About 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes as a result of the flooding occurrences, hundreds of homes having been swamped in many localities.
Some victims have been transported to safe havens through the efforts of the National Disaster Management Organization and the Ghana Navy, where they are being sheltered and given some relief supplies.