Poorer people paying more for water – WaterAid

The government Ghana must take prompt action to reach the over three million citizens who still lack access to clean water, WaterAid Ghana said here on Tuesday.

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People draw water
People draw water

The organization also urged governments and leaders around the world to keep the promises made in the UN Global Goals on Sustainable Development and ensure everyone is able to realize their right to access to clean water by 2030.

People draw water
People draw water
The combination of drought and bad environmental practices through illegal mining, irresponsible logging, bad farming practices, among other Climate Change triggers, have combined to cause severe water shortage around Ghana.

Although government has invested heavily to provide water infrastructure around the country, absence of/and obsolete distribution of infrastructure have made it impossible for some communities to be well served.

In other places, especially rural and farming communities, people still depend on ground water which in some cases humans share with livestock.

A new WaterAid briefing, ‘Water: At What Cost? The State of the World’s Water’ released to commemorate World Water Day, Tuesday, March 22, examines the most difficult places in the world for people to get clean water and reveals how the world’s poorest often pay far more of their income for water than those in the developed world.

“The analysis shows that in the developed world, a standard water bill is as little as 0.1 percent of the income of someone earning the minimum wage. However in a country like Madagascar, a person reliant on a tanker truck for their water supply would spend as much as 45 percent of their daily income on water to get just the recommended daily minimum supply,” the document said.

This is not far different from the situation in Ghana where, especially in the capital, some communities rely heavily on water tanks and private boreholes for water supply with all the cost and health implications.

“In fact, we call upon our government to ensure that we realize our national goal: everyone has access to safe water by 2025,” WAG urged.

It said this promise was achievable but it would take a serious political shift and financing to get there. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua

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