The Tano River which supplies water to thousands of people in the Bono and Bono East regions has been poisoned, raising fears of a possible health crisis in the areas. A truck load of acid-based car batteries has leaked into the river which is mainly the source of raw water for the Ghana Water Company treatment plant at Abesim, near Sunyani in the Bono Region. Several aquatic animals in the River, including fishes and crocodiles have been killed by the acid content of the battery which leaked into the river at Techiman-Tanoso, a Techiman-based local reporter with Asta FM, Nana Kwadwo Adu reported. The articulated truck was said to be transporting the batteries from Kumasi area to Burkina Faso on Monday, January 13 when it fell into the Tano River at Techiman-Tanoso in the Bono East region. The accident happened just directly opposite the Ghana Water Company treatment plant at Techiman-Tanoso, but the Municipal Chief Executive for Techiman, John Kofi Donyinah, told 3news.com it will not affect the raw water to the plant. Responders to the scene retrieved fishes and other aquatic animals from the river, raising fears the chemicals in the battery have poisoned the river, which is the source of drinking water for residents in communities along the river banks. [caption id="attachment_7328" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Some of the fishes in the river have died from the poison.[/caption] Officials from Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Water Company, National Disaster Management Organisation and the Techiman Municipal Assembly among others are currently at the scene trying to tow the truck out of the river to be able to remove the batteries. “Looking at the nature of the content; 98 per cent acidic so we have to be cautious. We are still at the site,” the MCE stated. “Nobody should touch anything from the river,” he warned while confirming some aquatic animals have been discovered dead following the poisoning. Mr Donyinah told 3news.com that all municipal and district chief executives within the catchment area.