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Environmental Conventions on Chemical and Hazardous Waste Management
International Environmental Conventionsalso known as multilateral agreements are an integral part of the international environmental governance system. Each convention covers specific issues such as climate change, biodiversity, desertification, land degradation and chemicals handling among others. The management of hazardous substances world over is regulated by various conventions such as the Basel, Bamako, Minamata,Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.
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THREATS TO UNDERGROUND WATER CONTAMINATION
There is an increase in borehole drilling and digging of wells in urban areas, especially in new residential areas because of unavailability of reticulated water services. In addition, there are no sewer services in these areas, construction of septic tanks evades local authorities’ by laws. Consequently, there is underground water contamination in some of the boreholes and wells.
In this regard, it is important for every household to know the quality of water they are drinking and using, to avoid adverse health effects. The drinking water should contain no harmful concentrations of chemicals or pathogens and ideally it should be aesthetically pleasing in regard to appearance, taste and odour.
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