The 2021 census report has disclosed that sachet water is the main source of drinking water in Ghana.
Contained in the General Report Volume 3M; the data on Water and Sanitation indicates that 37.4% of households use sachet water as their main source of drinking water.
This is followed by pipe-borne water with 31.7% of households depending on it and borehole/tube which was used by 17.7% of households.
The data also revealed that in urban areas, the two main sources of drinking water was sachet water which was used by 51.5% of households and pipe-borne water which was used by 33.6% of households while in rural areas, borehole/tube well was used by 33.6% of households and pipe-borne water was used by 28.8% of households.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Mrs Cecilia Abena Dapaah has averred that drinking sachet and bottled water was a personal decision taken by most Ghanaians.
According to her, pipe-borne water produced by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) was one of the best sources of drinking water with pH levels higher than the World Health Organization standard which lies within the range 6.5–8.5
“I pointed out at a meeting that we don’t have any sachet water business in Nigeria, we can find out but it is true. I have driven through villages and hamlets (in Nigeria), they don’t have it,” Mrs Dapaah said.
“It is a decision taken by the individual to use sachet water because I will put it on record that Ghana Water produces one of the best sources of drinking water even the pH levels are at times higher than the WHO standards.
So, our source is very good but we have all come into this socio-cultural thing of bottled water and sachet water. Nigeria with its population has no sachet water, so this idea of sachet water dominating drinking water is a choice. I am not saying people should be forced as a policy to use tap water, it’s a decision by the individuals and more so 90 per cent of the water used for this packaging is from Ghana Water Company Limited even for the bottling, a few of them use springs and wells et cetera but we as a nation through Ghana Water, we produce one of the best sources.”