Water used for drinking and cooking should be free of pathogenic (disease causing) microorganisms that cause such illnesses as typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, and gastroenteritis.
It is important to add sufficient chlorine to the water to meet the chlorine demand and provide residual disinfection. Purification of drinking water containing pathogenic microorganisms requires specific treatment of disinfection.
Chlorine combines with chemicals dissolved in water, microorganisms, small animals, plant material, tastes, odors, and colors.
As can be seen in the photo and videos above this water is neither colorless nor odorless. Ordinarily the water supplied has a blackish or brownish tint. I have also received from a reliable source that the sachets of water that everyone uses, their processing plant is located in close proximity of open sewers.
Even the Unlever Pure It Purification System that I use, on one occasion I noticed a green mold fungi growing at the bottom of the container. Of course Unlever has a disclaimer of the effectiveness of their Purification System "depending upon the water source".
The most common DBPs are trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs). Trihalomethanes are the main disinfectant by-products created from chlorination with two different types, bromoform and dibromochloromethane, which are mainly responsible for health hazards.
In high doses, bromoform mainly slows down regular brain activity. I am no scientist, however I believe that these chemicals block inhibitors that keeps Africans from producing melanin. Therefore effecting their cognitive thinking abilities, which is manifested by symptoms such as sleepiness or sedation.
The effects depend on the duration of exposure to the chemicals and the amount ingested into the body. Chronic exposure of both bromoform and dibromochloromethane can cause liver and kidney cancer, as well as heart disease, unconsciousness, or death in high doses.
However, I must give credit to where credit is due. The cleanest town that I have seen where the people take pride in their surroundings is Ajumako. Hats off to you. I did not like being awakened at six in the morning with announcements over a town loudspeaker reminding the people to clean their area. However, now I see the need to take the people by the hand and remind them. Perhaps other towns should follow suite. Instead of those obnoxious preachers, politicians and some companies promoting their products and own agendas disturbing peoples sleep and peace in the early mornings; leaders should be as constructive, proactive and informative as the leaders of Ajumako.
Ghanaians have been burning refuse for God knows how long, thinking that it is the thing to do as always. Perhaps the costs of hauling trash is a factor for many. However, there obviously are no appropriate governing agencies to oversee either the safe, moral or sanitary way of elimination of trash. Therefore, Ghanians contribute to pollution by burning as well as the contamination of the soil.
You citizens also have a responsibility to take an active part in the healthful maintenance of your cities. As long as you litter and sit idle doing or saying nothing about your conditions, you too are held culpable to G-D and country for your lack of action and the unwise stewardship of this land you have been blessed with.
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Apostle Rubie James