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Ghana: UMaT Develops Technology to Clean Polluted Water Bodies

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Tarkwa — The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) at Tarkwa in the Western Region has developed a technology to clean water bodies polluted by the activities of illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.

According to Professor Richard Kwasi Amankwah, Vice-Chancellor of UmaT, the environmentally friendly technology would be able to settle particles that polluted the water bodies within a period of about a month.

He said the university was ready to deploy the technology to clear the water bodies if it was granted permission by the Water Resources Commission.

The Vice-Chancellor was speaking here at Tarkwa yesterday, when the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor led a delegation to inspect some projects on the school’s campus.

“We have, for months, been waiting for the particles which polluted our water bodies to settle but since that is not happening, we have to force them to settle so the water becomes clean.

For a big river, we will need a boat in releasing some irons into the river which which will crash the particles and force them to settle. And it will take about a month for us to see the results,” he added.

He said the technology had been tested on a small stream at Tarkwa and it proved successful in clearing the polluting particles.

The university, Prof. Amankwah noted, would need government support in upscaling the technology

In addition to the technology, he said UMaT was in the process of rolling out three other programmes and activities to promote sustainable mining.