The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that there will be severe water crisis in the country by 2025 if nothing is done to reduce the pollution of water bodies and the degradation of forests.
The acting deputy executive director-technical of the agency, Mr Ebenezer Appah-Sampong, said the country’s per capita water availability would be 1000 cubic metre (m3) per annum, making Ghana a water-stressed country, according to a report by the Daily Graphic.
He said that would trigger high water tariffs, as the cost of treating the polluted water would continue to go up.
Speaking at a colloquium organised by the Forestry Commission as part of this year’s forestry week and greening Ghana day celebrations in Accra, Appah-Sampong the shortage of water could also breed conflicts, as communities would employ people to guard their water bodies.
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The EPA’s dire warning comes on the heels of a similar projection by the Water Research Institute that although Ghana has no problem with water sources, potable water sources are diminishing at such a fast rate that the country faces a looming water crisis by the year 2030 if conditions continue to persist.