The Park Place Economist


Poor water quality in the region is also a result of untreated waste water, such as industrial and domestic waste, entering water sources. The combination of dangerous waste and naturally existing chemicals in the bed rock allow for disease and contamination to spread. Water, therefore, has an extremely high level of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and biological contaminants. It is difficult for African countries to implement water management programs because many African governments do not establish water quality monitoring programs. Data on water pollution in present day is also as a result very limited, as are analytic laboratories where water quality can be studied. Without a structured framework for water governance, it has become apparent that African governments are finding it hard to manage their own water sources efficiently.