An Assessment of the Water Quality Status of the Lake Amponsah in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai District, Ghana

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Water is a very important natural resource that is harnessed by society for several unsubstitutable purposes. It is used fundamentally for purposes including domestic (drinking, cooking and sanitation), industrial (manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and recreation) as well as the ecosystem sustainability on which all living organisms depend (UNESCO, 2005). Different levels of quality are required for water to meet these demands. Global water is not evenly distributed. There has been evidence of acute water shortage in some areas resulting in the occurrence of health-related disorders and in some cases loss of life. On the contrary, other areas may experience abundance of water and in extreme cases, flooding ensues. These situations have anthropogenic undertones. In spite of these benefits offered by water, humans continuously contaminate water bodies by excessive abstraction, changing the landcover, using the resource as convenient sinks for the indiscriminate disposal of domestic, industrial and agricultural waste thereby liberating pollutants.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Materials Engineering of the College of Engineering, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science, in Environmental Resources Management