Over fifty residents of Atimpoku, the nerve of Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, have to flee from their homes following toilet stench being discharged into gutters each passing day.
The discharge of the toilet owned by a private toilet operator also runs into the Volta River where hundreds of thousands of people depend on for their domestic use.
Following complaints by the residents Radio Ghana visited the area to ascertain facts and was confirmed.
Speaking to Radio Ghana, a resident, Philip Sakyi who lives close to the Volta River explained the ordeal they go through in the area and blamed the District Environmental office for not doing anything about it.
A visitor from New Legon, Madina, chief Nasurula who came in contact with Radio Ghana and could not stay in the house said regular stench from toilet discharge has to shorten his visit with the relations at Atimpoku.
Radio Ghana further check also revealed that, a private water closet toilet constructed by an individual and presented to the Asuogyaman District Assembly has our lived its usefulness.
The District Environmental Officer, Madam Doris Acqua when contacted by Radio Ghana in her office over the issue rather called on the private toilet operator, Juma Esi on phone but denied releasing toilet into gutters and the Volta river.
In the ensuing, Juma Esi rather asked Doris Acqua to permit her convert her private toilet facility into bio-gas which the officer refused.
In the absence of toilet facility in the central Atimpoku, toilets are wrapped in polythene rubbers and liter at corners of the town.
Story filed by Yaw Asante