Sunday, July 14, 2013
Bangladesh faces Water Problems
Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh faces severe water shortage, particularly during the annual March to May dry season. While the city need 2.2billion liters of water a day. It can only produced 1.9 million-2 billion says Dhaka water supply and sewerage authority,
WASA, Managing Director Taskin A. Khan said that, Dhaka ground water level is depleting 3 feet a year the Financial Express reports. Shortages were so severe that some areas of Dhaka had no water for several days prompting protests from residents.
Rain in Mid-April improved the situation but experts say the problem of inadequate water is likely to continue. The source of water is not properly managed, which will put the city at risk of severe water shortage in the future expert Mujibur Rahman told IRIN, the news service of the United Nations office for the coordination of Human Affairs, noting that the city heavily relies on hundreds of Deep tube wells to extract more water,
Residents in some areas of Dhaka said that when there is a supply water from WASA, it is too dirty and unfit consumption. Even despite boiling it more than an hour, the bad smell does not "go" a Dhaka resident told the Financial Express newspaper, adding that water retains a yellow-red-colour.
Stronger action is needed now , Government step in addressing this problem to date have been inadequate-Kairul Islam, country representative of Water Aid in Bangladesh was quoted as saying by IRIN.
Dhaka water problem stem mostly from an over-dependence on ground water and the World Bank notes that the city obtains most of its water from over expolited aquifers,
Water experts have called for the city to increage use of surface water source such as ponds, rivers, and canals, Initiatives to cut the dependency and increase use of surface water should have been taken earlier "IRIN" quoted water expert Feroze Ahmed as saying. But water problems are not just limited to Dhaka. The World Bank says that more than 80 million people in Bangladesh are protentially exposed to arsenic contamination.
The government of Bangladesh signed US Dollar 75 million financing agreement with the World Bank for a project aimed at supplying safe water for around 1.6 million living in rural areas where water supplies have high arsenic or salt content. We are scaling up a private public partnership model with a proven track record of delivering safe water rural populations says Country Director World Bank, Bangladesh.
Posted by Md. Jamal Hossain Buiyan at 1:02 PM