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UMaT develops technology to clear polluted water bodies

The university says its invention is capable of reducing heavy pollution in water bodies across the country

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Prof Richard Kwasi Amankwa, has developed a technology to reduce the turbidity in river bodies affected by illegal mining.

Turbidity is a measure of the degree to which the water loses its transparency due to the presence of suspended particulates.

Prof Amankwa said this when the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, visited the University as part of his two-day working visit to the Western Region.

According to him, the technology has been piloted at a small river in Tarkwa and has proven to be effective in reducing the turbidity of the water body.

He said with the permission of the Water Resources Commission, the turbidity level of a heavy polluted river like the Pra river will go down within three weeks to one month.

“We are just going to introduce some iron that are environmentally friendly and they will interact with the particles that will not settle and force them to settle. I cannot mention the names now but when we start the operation you will see,” he said.

Prof Amankwah said: “We have actually tried it on a small river in Tarkwa here and it has worked, so we want to move it from the small space to a bigger space.”

He noted that even though the government is trying its best to clamp down on galamsey, the turbidity of the water level is not reducing.

Ennimil Arthur

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