In the wake of the spillage from the Akosombo and Kpong Dams, causing flooding and contamination in surrounding communities, concerns over the safety of drinking water have surged. The Volta Lake’s turbidity has soared to alarming levels, rendering the water unfit for human consumption.
Amidst this crisis, suspicions arose about certain sachet water companies allegedly bypassing water treatment processes and selling potentially contaminated water. The South Tongu District Environmental Health Unit, in a bid to safeguard public health, initiated an investigation into these allegations.
Collaborating with the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Environmental Health Unit took decisive action by collecting samples of water from various sachet water companies for thorough testing.
Shockingly, the results of the tests revealed that some of the packaged water samples were indeed contaminated, posing serious health risks to consumers. In response to these findings, the identified companies have been promptly suspended from operations until they implement necessary updates to ensure compliance with safety standards.
The Environmental Health Unit emphasized the significance of stringent measures during these challenging times, where environmental disasters have exacerbated water quality issues. They urged consumers to remain vigilant and choose water sources carefully, emphasizing the importance of relying on reputable and compliant water providers.
The FDA has assured the public that continuous monitoring and investigations will be conducted to maintain the integrity of the water supply chain and protect consumers from potential health hazards.
As communities grapple with the aftermath of the dam spillage, this revelation underscores the critical need for strict oversight to guarantee the safety of essential resources, particularly in times of environmental crisis.