Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Dr Freda Prempeh has cautioned individuals and drilling companies against constructing boreholes without obtaining the requisite license.
According to her, failure to obtain a water drilling license from the Water Resources Commission (WRC) is an offense punishable by law.
She indicated that the Water Resources Commission, an agency under the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, is mandated to register and license borehole drillers.
Dr Prempeh gave the caution when she launched an initiative of the Water Resources Commission to test public and private boreholes in houses in Adentan and Ga West Municipalities in the Greater Accra Region, to ensure safe groundwater for residents.
The pilot project would help monitor water quality and availability in the Municipalities and the initiative would identify and mitigate threats to groundwater, educate and engage communities in sustainable water safety practices from abstraction to storage.
She said the Water Resources Commission has begun monitoring exercises in search of borehole drillers operating without the requisite license.
She noted that culprits who are found guilty of the law would be made to pay a penalty and also face other sanctions.
She also entreated the public to patronize the services of licensed borehole drillers in order to guarantee the safety of their water system.
Dr Prempeh further urged the public to help the Water Resources Commission to protect water supply systems in their various localities for their own safety.
Story By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie,