Water Pollution in Ghana
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What Are the Problems?
Water pollution, as well as water-borne diseases in the polluted water are some of the problems in Ghana and their population. The water that the population has access to is polluted with human waste, as well as water-borne diseases such as bacterial and protozoal diarrhea and typhoid fever¹.
¹A serious infection marked by intestinal inflammation and the formation of ulcers.
What are the Causes?
The main causes of water pollution in Ghana are human activities in the environment. These human activities are separated into two groups: direct and indirect contaminant sources.
Direct sources include discharge runoff from factories, refineries, and waste treatment plants etc. that emit fluids into the urban water supplies in Ghana.
Indirect sources include contaminants that enter the water supply from groundwater systems and from rain water. Soils and ground waters contain the residue of fertilizers, pesticides, etc. and improperly disposed of industrial wastes. Atmospheric contaminants are derived gaseous emissions from automobiles, factories and even bakeries.