Over the last few years, crisis in
the urban water sector in Ghana has resulted in increased use of
sachet water, which is water bagged in small polythene bags, usually
of 500 ml. It has been reported that sachet water is being used
in many homes, hospitals, even in theatres and delivery rooms.
Consumers normally purchase sachet water without any knowledge
of the quality of its contents. Indeed sachet water is a possible
route for transmitting major diseases, both from its contents and
the container. The introduction of sachet water in Ghana was to
provide affordable instant drinking water to the public and to curb
the magnitude of water deficit in the country. But it is also a
potential source of infection in Ghana, a burden on the public health
system and an environmental hazard.
While the Institute appreciates that the best way of addressing
the sachet water menace, is to ensure potable piped water to consumers,
it shall make efforts to minimize the harmful effect of the use
of sachet water by undertaking research on the quality of its contents
and recommend better ways of regulating the production, use and
disposal of it.