For their own safety, the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has advised the general public—especially those who reside near the Lower Volta—not to consume any water from Volta Lake.
Gordon Akurugu, the FDA’s Volta Regional Director, stated that the recent flooding event has contaminated the lake’s water along the Lower Volta.
He clarified that because chemicals, sewage, and other garbage have made their way into the lake, the water from it is extremely 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.
Speaking to JoyNews on Friday, he issued the warning in reference to the exercise to halt operations of four firms that produce sachet water due to the contamination of their goods with germs. High concentrations of bacteria, E. Coli, and mold yeast are present in the water.
Due to certain companies’ broken UV disinfection systems, tainted sachet water has overtaken the South Tongu District market, raising worries for the public’s health.
Two of the suspended enterprises rely on a borehole for production, while the last company gets its supply from the Ghana Water Company. One of the suspended companies draws water from the lake.
According to Mr. Akurugu, in order to protect public safety, his organization collaborated with the District Emergency Committee to guarantee food sellers do not use lake water to avoid tainted food from being sold on the markets.
He praised and thanked the efforts made by organizations and people to give the victims of the disaster food and drink.
Following the Akosombo Dam’s spill, which started on September 15, 2023, around 11 districts in 4 regions have seen catastrophic flooding.
Approximately 30,000 people have been forced to relocate due to the flooding occurrences, which have resulted in hundreds of homes being inundated in numerous localities.
Some victims have been transported to safe havens, where they are being placed under shelter and given some relief supplies, thanks to the efforts of the Ghana Navy and the National Disaster Management Organization.