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22.03.2017 Social News

Hope For Future Generations celebrate water day

By GNA
Hope For Future Generations celebrate water day
LISTEN MAR 22, 2017

Accra, March 22, GNA - The Hope For Future Generations (HFFG), a non-governmental organisation, says the adage that 'Water is Life' truly underscores the importance of the commodity for the survival of mankind.

In a statement to commemorate World Water the HFFG said the World Health Organisation, estimated that more than 663 million people are living without safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing to distant places, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

'Globally, the vast majority of all the waste water from our homes, cities, industries and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused, thus, polluting water that is used for drinking, bathing and irrigation activities.

'Sustainable Development Goals 6 emphasizes ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 and has a target of halving the proportion of untreated waste water and increasing water recycling and safe re-use,' the statement said.

It said in Ghana, safe drinking water had become a very scarce commodity in most towns and villages as a result of certain human activities such as illegal mining (Galamsey) operation, open defecation and improper disposal of waste into the water bodies, which pollute the very source of water that the Ghanaian were consuming.

The statement said civil society organisations in water and sanitation have embarked on a number of interventions to support the national campaign in ensuring the safety of the country's drinking water.

HFFG, has for the past years contributed to this cause through the implementation of a number of projects aimed at improving sanitation conditions and water quality in deprived communities.

'Through the implementation of its watershed project in the Western Region, HFFG is currently improving the quality of water for the citizenry.

'This intervention became necessary as a result of the crucial mining activities that have affected most of the waterbodies in the surrounding communities. The objective of the project is to create awareness for people to be mindful of the water they drink, the sources of water and involving stakeholders and policy makers to ensure that policies are put in place to prevent water pollution.

'As Ghana joins the world in commemorating this year's World Water Day, with the theme: 'WHY WASTE WATER? HFFG is therefore urging Ghanaians to be mindful of the implications of pollution of water and water bodies the need to avoid wastage,' the statement said.

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