Make Safe Water Available To All In Ghana!
As part of world water day celebration, Stand Ghana is focusing attention on the plight of millions of Ghanaians who still lack access to clean, safe and affordable water – particularly women and girls whose traditional duty it is in Ghana to go out looking for water for the family every single day.
The reality is that too many people still do not have access to safe water in Ghana even though it is a human right. Others have to walk very long distances to get access, and a great many others are getting access at an alarmingly high financial cost.
In July 2010, The United Nations General Assembly, by Resolution A/RES/64/292, recognized water and sanitation as a fundamental human right. By this, water is supposed to be accessible and affordable, and must not cost more than 3% of household income.
This means that having access to safe, clean and affordable water for drinking and domestic activities is everyone’s basic human right and must be treated as such.
According to UN Water, “1.8 billion people currently use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.”
Here in Ghana, available statistics on water indicate 40% of Ghanaians lack access to safe drinking water, whilst 50% of rural dwellers currently rely on unsafe water for drinking and other household activities. Given the fact that water is life, this statistics is worrying and unacceptable.
According to The UN Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, everyone in the world must have access to safe water by the year 2030. The big question is, is this SDG target really achievable? Well, only if the right steps are taken fast.
Government – both local and national and other stake holders urgently need to step up on provision of better water infrastructure for adequate supply and distribution of safe, clean water at affordable prices to every community and home in Ghana so that this particular human right can be made real in the lives of every Ghanaian.